Tube Fines

By Rob Last edited 160 months ago
Tube Fines

The Guardian are reporting today that in the past two years the total amount of fines that have been imposed on the companies who operate the London Underground system is £26.5m.

That may sound like a lot but bear in mind that in the year end to March 2004 Tube Lines made a profit of £41m while Metronet made £50m. Plus Metronet SSL (who look after the Metropolitan, District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and East London lines) received £9m in bonuses last year.

Cynthia Hays of Capital Transport Campaign has come out in favour of harsher penalties, saying:

"There has been a lot of time lost and grief endured by passengers. This tells us that for all the complaints we hear from the mayor and Transport for London and all the talk about how they will go back to the government if they don't get a good deal, they simply don't have the power to impose appropriate fines."

In related news London underground has avoided being charged for 'desecration' of Croxley Woods after the company chopped down more than 70 trees on land owned by Three Rivers District Council.

The council threated legal action but the case had to be dropped as there was "an unrealistic chance of a criminal prosecution succeeding" because LU Ltd "may have received verbal permission from a council staff member to undertake the works". A claim the council denies.

You can read more information about keeping Croxley green here, although judging by the top Google result when you search for Croxley Woods they may have other problems on their hands.

Last Updated 05 July 2005