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|Tube Improvements Set for Go-Ahead
- New privatised Underground company in revamp plans
THE FUTURE of London's Underground network is unveiled today by the new private company handed the task of Tube modernisation.
Metronet has a 30 year contract, signed last Friday, to run the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines, during which time it has agreed to spend UKP17 billion on improvements. Among its immediate priorities are to be a "deep clean" of the three major lines under its control, new CCTV cameras and new time and destination information boards.
More fundamental improvements will have to wait at least five years, by which time Metronet hope to have brand new trains running on the Victoria line.
Tube Lines, which has responsibility for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly, signed a similar contract to Metronet back in January and have agreed to invest UKP4.4 billion between 2003 and 2010.