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Old May 6th, 2005, 08:32 PM   #161
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That looks a lot better than the current trains! Wasn't the DLR nicknamed the Toytown Light Railway or something when it first opened?
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Old May 6th, 2005, 09:11 PM   #162
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Cool, they do look a fair bit better than what's there at the moment. Good news.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 09:17 PM   #163
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Not the best but the current ones are so unattractive
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Old May 6th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #164
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I like the big window up front - but I'm not sure if it's really all window - as the middle looks like a door.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 11:21 PM   #165
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Pretty cool. Long overdue.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 11:37 PM   #166
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MUCH better than the current ones
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Old May 7th, 2005, 12:02 PM   #167
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I like the big window up front - but I'm not sure if it's really all window - as the middle looks like a door.
It is a door - there are two tunnel sections on the DLR network (there will be three when it's extended to Woolwich) which aren't wide enough for escape routes along the side, so any evacuation would be through the front/back...
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Old May 7th, 2005, 09:56 PM   #168
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great news I hope the new trains will be more spacious.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #169
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Looks Great compared to the current ones which are ugly as hell.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 02:09 AM   #170
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They are nice!
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Old May 8th, 2005, 05:43 AM   #171
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Tube Lines says better performance justifies controversial rise in profits
By Michael Harrison
7 May 2005
The Independent

Tube Lines, one of the two private-sector consortia which have taken over the London Underground, is set to court fresh controversy by revealing an increase in profits.

The consortium, which is responsible for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, is thought to have achieved a significant improvement on the £45m profit it made in its first year of operations. Details of Tube Lines" latest profits for the financial year which ended in April are due to be released in July.

Terry Morgan, the chief executive of Tube Lines, did not disclose the specific profit figure but said the business was performing well and justified the money it is making from the Underground contract by pointing to improved performance.

Major upgrades to the Northern and Jubilee lines are running ahead of schedule and Tube Lines has also exceeded the targets set by London Underground for punctuality and train failures. The programme to modernise or refurbish the 100 stations which Tube Lines is responsible for is on track.

Mr Morgan said investment in the network was ahead of schedule at about £350m last year and would rise again in the current financial year to at least £380m. Tube Lines, whose two shareholders are the Spanish transport group Ferrovial and the US construction giant Bechtel, has pledged to spend £4.4bn in the first seven and a half years of its 30-year contract to modernise the Underground. The Spanish company has taken over the stakes in Tube Lines formerly owned by the UK contractors Amey and Jarvis.

A report in March from the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised the manner in which the Tube contracts had been awarded through a public- private partnership, saying this had already cost taxpayers £1bn in fees and higher financing charges.

But Mr Morgan said the MPs" report had ignored all the benefits delivered by the PPP. Investment in the Underground is now three times higher than before Tube Lines took over in January 2003, while there has been a 30 per cent decline in the cost of track renewals and a 40 to 50 per cent increase in the amount of track being replaced. Escalators, meanwhile, are being replaced in 10 or 11 weeks " less than half the time it used to take.

Mr Morgan"s counterpart at Metronet, the consortium selected to take over the rest of the Tube network, was fired last month. John Weight was removed because of Metronet"s "unacceptable" performance levels and delays to its investment programme.
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Old May 9th, 2005, 02:46 AM   #172
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I had better be careful,

suffice to say that as a British taxpaeyer I can think of better places for my money than a private contractor's sharedholder's pockets.

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Old May 10th, 2005, 04:26 AM   #173
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Old May 10th, 2005, 06:02 AM   #174
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Anyone have pics of the very first trains that ran on the Underground?
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Old May 10th, 2005, 01:03 PM   #175
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Old May 11th, 2005, 10:35 PM   #176
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Cool picture
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Old May 12th, 2005, 02:24 PM   #177
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Thats inbetween Barbican and Kings Cross I believe - the road is the top level, the Underground services the level below and the bottom level Thameslink.....I think!
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Old May 12th, 2005, 02:35 PM   #178
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Sounds realistic enough.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 02:51 PM   #179
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Old May 20th, 2005, 05:58 PM   #180
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Tube passengers increase by 3%
By ROGER BLITZ
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A record 976m passenger journeys were made on the London Underground in the 12 months to April, up 3 per cent on the previous year, LU said yesterday.

LU carried out 95.3 per cent of its scheduled services, its best performance for seven years. It claimed most of the improvement was the result of LU responsibilities, such as the number of train services it operates and reductions in delays.

Tim O'Toole, LU managing director, used the figures to renew pressure on Tubelines and Metronet, the infrastructure companies responsible for Tube maintenance.

"Too many passengers still suffer too many delays as a result of train, track or signal failures. We continue to demand improvements from Metronet and Tube Lines . . .," Mr O'Toole said. " . . . Itis essential they deliver the better maintenance, new trains, renewed stations and line upgrades promised to Tube passengers, on time and on budget."

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