Lessons must be learnt following collapse of Bombardier signalling contract – Caroline Pidgeon

July 16, 2014 3:03 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published said:

"It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world."

"Lessons need to be learnt, and proper checks put in place to ensure that passengers and London taxpayers never again have to pay the price for such basic errors."

"Questions also need to be asked about IIPAG, the independent body tasked with looking at TfL's contracts and practice, as to why they did not pick up earlier the problems with this contract."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The KPMG report can be seen at:

  1. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/fpc-20140717-part-1-item10-sup-atc-lessons-learnt.pdf