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31 AUGUST 2009
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LONDON visitors, and residents, beware. When Mayor Boris Johnson says he has "grave doubts" that the upgrade to the capital’s Jubilee line, promised for the end of the year, might not be completed on time, it must be taken seriously. Tube Lines, which is led by US engineering group Bechtel, has gained permission to close the service for five-day periods in an effort to catch up, the first of which occurred from last Thursday (27 August). Further shutdowns are planned and anyone using that line across central London should consult the Transport for London website. In the meantime the refurbishment of the whole system in time for the Olympics staggers on, the collapse of Metronet not helping. London Underground has had to cancel refurbishment programmes at 51 Tube stations in the wake of the bankruptcy. www.tfl.gov.uk
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