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Johnson 'must act over Tube chaos'

London's Mayor is being pressed to take urgent action to tackle the mounting delays and disruption on London Underground as passengers suffered fresh problems.

Labour's Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone and Labour London Assembly Transport spokesman Val Shawcross told Boris Johnson he had to "get a grip" on the Tube "chaos".

They said that over the past month there had been "serious disruption" on one or more underground lines every single day because of a combination of over-running repairs, cracks on the lines, signal failures and faulty trains, causing "misery" for millions of commuters.

There were delays in the Monday morning rush hour because of signal failures on the District and Piccadilly Lines and a lack of available trains on the Metropolitan Line.

Transport for London reported a good service on just four Tube lines on Sunday, with nine lines either closed or part-closed, said Mr Livingstone.

"Londoners are fed up with the daily delays on the Tube. It's about time that the Mayor acted to tackle the failures which are causing misery for millions of commuters."

Val Shawcross said: "The Mayor has taken his eye off the ball on his key responsibility of keeping the Tube running. He is clearly not managing the planned closures and his inaction has caused a crisis in industrial relations on the transport network."

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's transport adviser, said: "The Mayor watches the levels of service on the Tube from a screen in his office like a hawk and is in constant contact with Tube chiefs about what needs to be done.

"More fundamentally, he put an end to the Public Private Partnership that has caused huge disruption and has been able to secure unprecedented levels of investment, despite the toughest of economic backgrounds, which will remedy these problems, add 30% capacity to the Tube and protect the economic prosperity of the capital.

"We utterly reject the easy rhetoric and gall of the former mayor who refused to condemn recent strikes and left behind a gaping black hole in finances as well as Tube upgrades that were spiralling over budget and over time."


From Belfast Telegraph