Tube Lines hasn't had a permanent chief executive since February 12, when Dean Finch resigned & became chief executive of National Express. Tube Lines, which works on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, has been the sole surviving contractor since July 2007 when Metronet went into administration. Tim O'Toole left the London Underground in April last year and returned to Philadelphia to spend more time with his family.
David Begg, Tube Lines' chairman, says he had the highest regard for Tim O'Toole's reputation. But added: "I haven't offered Tim O'Toole a contract, so I cannot say whether or not Tim O'Toole is coming."
However according to the Evening Standard a Tube Lines spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that we are in contractual negotiations with Tim O'Toole over the chief executive's job. We are hoping to conclude these discussions soon."
The FT said that Boris Johnson declined to comment, although they believe that Tim O'Toole has also held discussions with him.