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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tube voted Best Metro in Europe

With loads of delays yesterday on the District Line & Jubilee Line and the Piccadilly Line being partially suspended this morning, it's kind of ironic to hear that the London Underground has been named
Best Metro in Europe in recent industry awards. The Tube beat the systems in Paris, Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen to pick up the award which recognises "the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and individuals in the mass transit industry."

Trying to get on Crowded Tube

Boris Johnson took this as an opportunity to say "The London Underground is the artery through which the lifeblood of London flows. It is tremendous news London's Tube team have been named champions of Europe.

"Despite the challenges of weekend engineering works, Londoners know the value of the Tube and why we are investing billions to improve it.
"

Looking at the judging panel, perhaps it was actually a small group of Londoners who did vote for the Tube. Maybe they change the nationality of the judging panel each year, but it seems a little biased in that everyone from the panel is from the UK.

Although we've been reassured that "If an instance occurs where a judge is also a representative of a nominated company or has a relationship with a nominated company which may affect their ability to be impartial, that particular judge will not submit scores for that category."

Best Passenger Experience went to Seoul Metro and the Warsaw Metro picked up a Special Merit Award for Commitment to the Environment.


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