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Thursday, 6 April, 2000, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Dobson warns tube bosses
Frank Dobson
Frank Dobson: Tube managers must "get better or get out"
Labour mayoral candidate Frank Dobson has unveiled a five-point-plan to improve London's ailing tube system.

He said the pay of tube managers would be related to performance if he is elected mayor on 4 May.

Mr Dobson was speaking as nominations for the mayoral contest closed.

And he also unveiled his new campaign posters declaring: "Frank and to the point."

His plan for the tube would see targets set on punctuality, performance, information systems and the availibility of lifts and escalators.

Board meetings of the London Underground would be held in public, while five Londoners would be asked to join the board.

Mr Dobson, who favours a public-private partnership for the Tube, said: "In short, London Underground management needs to get better or get out."

Financial risk

He said 8bn of improvements were needed to the tube system.

But he said the bond scheme for improving the tube proposed by independent mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone would put the money of ordinary Londoners at risk.

He said: "If the Jubilee Line Extension had been financed by a bond, Londoners would be having to find 1.5bn or 500 per household.

"So any Londoners thinking of supporting Ken Livingstone's bond scheme should remember just how risky it is and that it is their money he would be putting at risk."

Mr Dobson subsequently went further, saying it would be a "certainty" that Londoners would have to pay heavily under a bond scheme.

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