Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Talks Brink - Again; Comment

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Talks Brink - Again; Comment

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LONDONERS HAVE been so often told by politicians that talks on the Tube are close to collapse, they may be forgiven for cynicism about the latest warnings. Yet it really appears that Mr John Prescott was serious in warning Mr Robert Kiley yesterday that the Government's latest offer is its last. The Chancellor, Mr Gordon Brown, who is pulling Mr Prescott's strings in this matter, has concluded that his personal political prestige is too heavily committed to retreat over the Tube. In an exercise of remarkable hubris and stubbornness, in the face of the almost united advice of transport experts, he is insisting that his PPP scheme should go ahead. Mr Kiley, the Transport Commissioner, has never been much troubled by the ideology of PPP.

He is simply concerned that a workable scheme for managing the system should be in place - which it can never be, if management of track and operations are separated. The latest negotiating crisis seems to have come about, because Mr Kiley insists that he cannot manage properly if he does not have control of maintenance - which seems reasonable enough - while the Government had already conceded such control to the contracting companies for its PPP scheme. …

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