Trans06-07Press Notice52

The Public Private Partnership and London Underground


The House of Commons Transport Committee has announced an inquiry into the Public Private Partnership and London Underground.

In the ten years since the PPP for London Underground was announced, the Transport Committee and its predecessors have kept a close eye on its development, reporting most recently in March 2005.àƒâ‚à€‚¹ This inquiry will built on the Committee's previous work in this area to consider whether the PPP is producing real benefits for Tube passengers, ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards of safety, providing value-for-money for the taxpayer, and spreading the associated risk fairly between the public and private sectors. The inquiry will also consider the likely impact of Metronet Rail BCV & SSL going into PPP administration.

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence by Tuesday 9 October 2007.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual. Please include the word "PPP" in the subject header of your e-mail.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:

‚¹ The Performance of the London Underground, 6th Report of 2004-05, HC 94 (March 2005).

Press Notice 52/2006-07
2 August 2007