New Tube train will be delayed
Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the New Tube for London (NTfL) have been set back from February to December, according to TfL’s 2015-16 budget.
Around 250 new ‘walk through’ tube trains are needed to replace older stock on the Bakerloo, Circle, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines in the next decade.
LTT contacted TfL for an explanation for the delay but got no coherent response.
Fifty per cent of the new Bombardier built ‘S’ stock is already in service on the sub-surface lines; older trains on the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City have been replaced, and the District Line will follow in 2016.
Latest TfL Board papers for the third quarter (dated 26 March) forecast that London Underground fare income for the current financial year (ending 31 March 2015) will be £2.408bn, or £40m (1.6%) below budget; the main drivers being the fares freeze introduced in January, and lower than anticipated passenger growth.
LU operating expenditure is also expected to be £2.279bn, or £135m (5.6%) less than budget, mainly due to lower than expected costs. LU capital expenditure is also forecast to be 5.6% down at £1.239bn. Some schemes have been re-phased (to other accounting periods), including the £88m for the Sub Surface ATC (automatic train control) upgrade following the contract re-let; (the original one with Bombardier was terminated in 2013).