have welcomed London Transport's detailed plans for using the£517m
of new resources allocated last week - and announced a new task force
to ensure that improvements are delivered.
Treasury and DETR (including Government Office for London) with
transport minister Helen Liddell in the chair. It will establish new
monitoring and control arrangements - to give Tube users the best
Mr Blair re-emphasised the government's commitment to public
transport in London and said:
'Give us a Tube that people can see is getting better and we will
make sure you continue to get the resources you need. If you deliver,
we will. We cannot sustain a black hole that sucks in resources and
gives back mediocrity.
'If you are successful, we will see public transport becoming
people's first choice. That is our vision for you, for the public
service, for the new Millennium - money for delivery, investment for
quality, first class services to provide real choice.'
Mr John Prescott said:
'London Transport have been struggling with an investment backlog
of£1.2bn. Despite that handicap, London Underground and its
staff have managed to do a good job, keeping services running against
the odds. I pay tribute to that.
'We have started on the long road to redress the backlog. I was
pleased to be able to announce last week extra resources for London
Transport of over£500m. This will enable investment of over£1.1bn
in the core Underground network over the next two years.
'Our long-term solution is the Public Private Partnership which
will be able to invest about£7bn in creating a first class
'The government has done its bit. London Transport must now live
up to its task of delivering the best possible service with the least
Helen Liddell said:
'I am impressed by the detailed plans which have been presented to
us today to provide an Underground system which puts passengers
first. The task force which I shall lead will help make sure the
extra resources which have been given to London Transport are
translated into real improvements for passengers.'
Mr Prescott also confirmed the appointment of
four new non-executive appointments to the London Transport Board.
Kamlesh Bahl, David Newlands, and Ed Wallis take up appointment this
month, and Derek Higgs joins the board in October. A new
non-executive chairman, Malcolm Bates, was appointed earlier this
Mr Prescott said:
'These appointments complete the changes in London Transport'
management which I began last year. This is a critical time for
London Transport. We now have a first class team in place and can get
on with the job of ensuring that London gets the first class
transport system it deserves.'
Last week Mr Prescott announced a major boost to the Underground with
extraresources of£517m. He also made clear that LT would be
expected to deliver real improvements with the extra money, and that
progress would be closely monitored.
Kamlesh Bahl, aged 43, is vice president of the Law Society and
chairwoman of its interim executive committee. Between 1993 and 1998
she was chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission and in April
this year was appointed non-executive advisor to Littlewoods on equal
David Newlands, aged 52, was group finance director of GEC between
1989 and 1997. He currently holds several non-executive directorships
and is chairman of Paypoint Ltd.
Ed Wallis, aged 60, has been chairman of PowerGen since 1996 and
chief executive since 1988. He is non-executive director of Mercury
European Privatisation Trust Plc and director of the Electricity
Derek Higgs, aged 55, has been chairman of Prudential Portfolio
Managers Ltd since 1996. He is deputy chairman of the Fund Managers
Association, a member of the Financial Reporting Council and a
non-executive director of Jones Lang LaSalle.
The full membership of the LT Board is now:
Names Position Date of Board Appointment
Malcolm Bates Chairman 15.02.99
Denis Tunnicliffe Chief Executive 29.05.93
Derek Smith MD London Underground 01.02.99
Clive Hodson MD LT Buses 01.08.95
Brian Appleton Non-executive director 01.04.95
Alan Bailey Non-executive director 01.12.96
Sally O'Sullivan Non-executive director 01.08.95
Kamlesh Bahl Non-executive director 01.07.99
David Newlands Non-executive director 01.07.99
Ed Wallis Non-executive director 01.07.99
Derek Higgs Non-executive director 01.10.99