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The London assembly's Labour group has welcomed the ...
The London assembly's Labour group has welcomed the announcementthat contracts for the refurbishment of the Tube have finally been signed. Work on doing up the tube network will begin only when the Health and Safety Executive approve the separate safety case put forward by London Underground and the companies doing the refurbishment work.

John Biggs, the assembly's Labour transport spokesman, said: 'Finally these contracts have been signed and we can look forward to the tube getting the

money and repairs it so desperately needs. We now need to put this battle behind us and move forward. It is clear that it is the government's scheme but the mayor and Bob Kiley need to stop fighting it and make it work. They need to start talking to the two firms that will carry out the works. On the other side, the government needs to be totally transparent about the funding and support they will give the tube throughout the life of the PPP.'

Commenting on the outstanding Health and Safety Executive's decision, John Biggs, who is also the assembly's transport committee chair, said further: 'Safety is paramount, and despite what Ken may say about the independence of the HSE, they are a body independent of government influence and will reach their own conclusions in their own good time.'

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