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January 30 2002

'Study' email is a hoax

A hoax email is circulating purporting to contain details of a "study" carried out on Tube seats.

The work is alleged to have been carried out by the Department of Forensics at University College London in autumn 2000, and involved the removal of "a row of passenger seats from a Central Line Tube carriage for analysis into cleanliness".

This email is now in wide circulation but is a hoax.

The facts are:

  • University College London doesn't have a Department of Forensics

  • that no such research has been carried out,

  • and the claims are a complete work of fiction.

To read what Adam Goulcher (LU's Marketing and Planning Director) had to say about this on LBC's Drivetime programme, click here.


Arthur Andersen and London Underground

Recent media reports have suggested that the firm of accountants, Arthur Andersen have worked with London Underground to develop PPP.

A London Underground spokesperson said: “Arthur Andersen have not given London Underground financial advice on the proposed Public Private Partnership.

"We have taken advice from our auditors KMPG and have commissioned a report on the PPP’s value for money from Price Waterhouse Cooper.

"Arthur Andersen Consulting were employed by LUL to advise on change management when the present organisational structure of the company was designed.

"Their advice related solely to matters of human resources.”

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