Funding the Tube

An Open Letter To a London Transport User: Why You Should Support the #TubeStrike Tubeworker Thu, 02/02/2017 - 14:27

Dear London Transport User,

As you probably know by now, we (that is, London Underground station staff) are planning further strikes over 5-8 February. Many news reports focus almost exclusively not on the reasons behind our strikes, but on the impact it will have on you, the people who use the services our labour makes possible.

I'm writing this letter, as an LU station worker and supporter of the strikes, to urge you to resist our employer's, and the media's, attempts to turn you against us, and explain why you should support our strike.

Transport for London faces further funding cuts

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:29

This article was originally published on the Off The Rails blog, Tubeworker's sister blog for mainline railway workers, here.


Between 2010 and 2015, the Tories cut government funding to TfL by over a third. In November last year, they announced that from 2016 they would cut up to £700 million a year from TfL’s grant for running costs with a view to stopping government subsidy of TfL altogether by 2021.

What Does Another Five Years Of The Tories Mean For Us?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:12

Five years more of Tory rule, coupled with at least one more year of a Tory mayor, will have big consequences for everyone who works for London Underground directly or as a sub-contractor.

Here are some of the major challenges that lie ahead. And a few ideas to challenge them.

LU Loses £58.5 Million In Unpaid Fares

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 21:33

London Underground's survey into 'ticket irregularity' shows LU lost £58.5 million in unpaid fares last year (adjusted to £30.8 million after taking incomplete journeys into account).

LU plans to save £50 million from 'Fit for the Future - Stations'. How come it can tolerate millions in lost revenue but sees our jobs and wages as waste that should be cut?

Defend London Overground Conductors

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 21:35

Hot on the heels of George Osborne announcing a 12.5% cut in Transport for London's funding, TfL franchisee London Overground has revealed that it is to scrap conductors.

In fact, the company send a courier to deliver letters to conductors telling them that their jobs are to go. Thanks very much.

Public Transport Not Private Profit!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 21:48

Tory Chancellor George Osborne has hit public transport in yet another spending review, announced on June 26th.

He pledged money for Tube upgrades; £2 billion for research into Crossrail 2 and £90 million for the electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line.

But he axed TfL’s budget for running day-to-day services by 12.5%

Who Is Eating TfL's £900m Spare Cash?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 11:56

A report has revealed a £900 million surplus in TfL’s budget. Labour London Assembly members have said that this money could have been used to reduce fares and reduce living costs in the capital.

Boris says that planned Tube upgrades will swallow any surplus.

But this shows that TfL bosses’ hands are not absolutely tied by poverty. TfL bosses are making choices about how their money is spent. They are choosing to cut the grant to the London Transport Museum, for example. They are choosing to de-prioritise a fares cut.

Ding Dong the PPP is Dead

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 09:17

Little-noticed by a media focusing on one bunch of scoundrels trying to form a government with another bunch of scoundrels, it seems that the despised and discredited London Underground Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is dead. TfL is to buy Tube Lines from its shareholders Bechtel and Ferrovial, which, following Metronet's inglorious return a couple of years ago, means that all maintenance is now back inhouse. Hurrah.