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|Tube Safety Fight Goes to Court|
- Livingstone and Kiley drop election banana skin for government
LONDON transport chief Bob Kiley and London Mayor Ken Livingstone today begun their attempts to halt Tube privatisation, through the courts.
Kiley, boss of Transport for London, has long argued that the break up of the Underground's management structure, one of the effects of the government's Public Private Partnership scheme, is a threat to safety and will seek a judicial review on that basis.
Government officials, led by Transport Minister John Prescott, are keen to bring in private sector management and argue that the efficiency savings such a change could bring will allow more cash to be spent on the network's infrastructure, thereby helping safety.
Legalities aside, Kiley and Livingstone could be hoping that the timing of their action - within weeks of a general election - will force the government to settle out of court in their favour as Tube privatisation is known to be hugely unpopular among London voters. "We are looking for a tight timetable to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. The sooner it is over the sooner we can concentrate on putting resources in to the Underground," said a Transport for London spokesperson.