Transport Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 27 July 2009

New Inquiry and Call for Evidence

Update on the London Underground and the public-private partnership (PPP) agreements

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee will conduct an update inquiry into the London Underground and the Public-Private Partnership Agreements. Following its report on these issues in 2008, the Committee will review the progress that has been made since that time, the evidence that has come to light and the prospects for the future of the London Underground.

In particular, the inquiry will address the following questions:

  1. What lessons can be learned from the collapse of the London Underground PPP Agreement with Metronet?
  2. Are these lessons being applied to the London Underground PPP Agreement with Tube Lines?
  3. How has the upgrade work progressed since the demise of Metronet?
  4. What contractual arrangements are appropriate for the future?
  5. What risks, if any, are associated with the PPP Agreement with Tube Lines?
  6. What impact is the current economic situation having on transport PPP and PFI schemes and what are the financial implications for other transport schemes?
  7. What role has the Government played in these matters?

Interested parties are invited to submit evidence by Monday 5 October 2009.

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.
  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.

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