London Underground maintenance contractor Tube Lines has begun a consultation with staff which could result in up to 250 redundancies.
The firm, which is responsible for the upgrade and maintenance of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, was acquired by Transport for London (TfL) in June 2010.
The proposed job cuts have been drawn up by new CEO Andie Harper following the acquisition. They are likely to affect managerial, clerical and professional roles, which TfL said would end “duplication of roles”.
There is speculation that further cuts among London Underground workers may follow, as TfL revealed that “an urgent review of the PPP upgrades is underway, with the aim of delivering the Tube improvements that London and the wider UK economy needs at the best possible value for money”.
It added: “The first priority is the completion of the Jubilee line upgrade. London Underground and Tube Lines are currently reviewing how best to deliver the Northern and Piccadilly line upgrades, and are looking at how synergies can be achieved alongside the existing upgrade programmes for the Victoria and Sub-Surface lines (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan).”
Andie Harper, CEO of Tube Lines, said: “The acquisition of Tube Lines has given TfL greater flexibility to manage the vital programme of Tube upgrades, saving millions of pounds for London's fare and tax payers.
“We are now beginning a consultation with staff and unions on the future shape of Tube Lines in the light of that acquisition.
“This includes the potential for a reduction in staff numbers as Tube Lines adjusts its activities.
“We would in the first instance look to achieve any reductions through removing temporary roles and through voluntary redundancy.”