EU transport proposals would lead to chaos, says Livingstone

24 May 01
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has urged the government not to back a draft European Union regulation which makes it compulsory for metro systems to be put out to tender every five years.

25 May 2001

Livingstone's concerns that the draft regulation will cause havoc for London's transport system are shared by his transport commissioner, Bob Kiley. Both Livingstone and Kiley want the draft regulation amended before MEPs vote on the proposals in July.

According to Livingstone, the draft regulation could lead to private companies dominating public sector transport and cost London hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation payments and disrupted services. Livingstone also claims it could discourage operators investing in high-quality services.

'It is vital for the efficiency and safety of UK and European public transport services that the regulation is amended,' Livingstone said. 'If it were to go ahead in its present form the result would be chaos.'


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