Bob Kiley, brought in by mayor Ken Livingstone to tackle the Undergound's problems, told Today he was arguing for 'a single management structure that reaches across the whole system'. The government's alternative plan of splitting up the system 'violates common sense', he said.
After talks with the government, 'I thought we were there but when it came down to putting flesh and blood on the skeleton of the agreement, the talks collapsed,' Mr Kiley said.
'John Prescott has been available, he's been open, he's been flexible, but somehow those who have the purse strings stick their noses in and things tighten up.'
Mr Kiley denied he was thinking about going back to New York and said he believed a solution to the London Underground problem is possible.