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TORIES TELL EU TO KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF OUR TUBE

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GLA Conservatives have told the European Union to keep their hands off our tube. Angie Bray, Conservative transport...
GLA Conservatives have told the European Union to keep their hands off our tube. Angie Bray, Conservative transport spokesman, commented in advance of the expected approval (in Strasbourg today) of draft legislation that would expose all urban transport systems to competition and increased efficiency. This would be done by requiring all EU urban services, such as the underground, light railways and bus service, to be thrown open to tender every five years, with private companies bidding for the right to run individual train lines on a profit-making basis. London Underground train services are currently publicly owned and operated by Transport for London. Ms Bray said:

'I have one only one thing to say to the bureaucrats in Europe who are trying to force this through - keep your hands off London's tube.

'It is bad enough that the government have committed the capital to their botched PPP plans without the EU now steamrollering us into a system that would only lead our tube system into disrepair.

'Both the EU and the government should take a step back from this and allow Londoners to run the tube. London Underground is in enough trouble without this one-size fits all European approach that will only make matters worse for commuters.'

* see LGCnet'BID TO GET EURO DIRECTIVE EXEMPTION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT'

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