London Assembly probes Tube disruption

Passengers at a Tube station The programme of upgrades on the Tube network has 'slipped', causing disruptions

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A London Assembly inquiry sparked by recent disruptions and signal failures on the Tube has begun.

The Transport Committee said it would look at all 11 lines to see why performance had "declined" and upgrades promised eight years ago were delayed.

It said the target to increase capacity by 2020 had "slipped", mostly on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

The Jubilee Line faced the worst problems and has been shut on more than 100 weekends in the past four years.

The most recent problems were in April when on two consecutive weekdays passengers were stranded in trains when services were suspended for hours after signal problems.

'Behind schedule'

There have also been signalling and train faults on other lines of the network since the beginning of this year.

The inquiry will also focus on the period since Transport for London (TfL) brought maintenance in-house in 2008.

The committee's chairwoman, Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, said: "Londoners have been told for years that all the closures, disruption and billions of pounds spent will be worth it in the end.

"The question is, when will passengers start to see noticeable improvements to their journeys?

"With passenger numbers at record levels and several line upgrades behind schedule it's time for an in-depth look at the service Londoners get, the improvements we've seen so far, and ways to get the upgrades back on track."

Passengers who have been at the receiving end of the disruptions will be able to express their views at public hearings on 17 May and 14 June.

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