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Company Profile - Tube Lines Limited


London deserves a transport system that befits the greatest city in the world. At Tube Lines, we’re committed to delivering it by maintaining and upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, three of the busiest on the Underground. Over the last five years, £5bn has been invested in the network which has already delivered enormous improvements across the network. We have a massive, long-term task on our hands. So we need people with the energy, ideas and passion to keep us on track now and in the future.

Who are we?

Since 2003, we’ve invested £5bn (or a staggering £1.6m a day) to transform the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. And this investment has upgraded them at a scale and pace never seen before.


We can be rightly proud of our achievements as champions of London’s transport system. All our key projects have been completed on time – the first time this has happened on the Underground – which is testimony to the way we’ve overhauled our ways of working to increase efficiency. We’ve also cut overall delays on the three lines by almost 50 per cent over the five-year period.


58 of the 100 stations on our lines have been upgraded, with a further 12 upgrades well underway. As well as increasing the number of CCTV cameras by 300 per cent to make stations safer, we have introduced numerous passenger help points/information boards and new seating. 54 escalators have been refurbished out of the 93 planned by 2010; in so doing we have slashed escalator refurbishment times from the traditional 26 weeks to 12 weeks, earning us a top award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. In the same time frame, over 95km of track has been replaced or refurbished.


On the Jubilee line we’ve added an extra carriage to all trains on the line and introduced four brand new trains to increase capacity by 17 per cent, as well as extending Wembley Park station to support the new stadium. A new signalling system for the line is scheduled to be completed in 2009, and the refurbishment and modernisation of 17 more stations is planned.

Investment on the Piccadilly line has resulted in a reduction in delays of around 60 per cent and we also delivered the signalling to support the extension of the line to Heathrow Terminal 5. A brand-new signalling system and new trains are scheduled to be introduced on the line by 2014, and 15 station refurbishments or modernisations are planned. 

Reliability has also significantly improved on the Northern line – and a new signalling system due to be completed by 2011 will further increase capacity, reduce journey times and improve reliability. 21 more stations on the line are also scheduled for refurbishment or modernisation. 

We’ve done a lot already – but there is more to be done, much more. If you’re passionate about making things happen for London, come and help us do it.

Career Opportunities

Each of our programmes will be tailored precisely to your individual needs. You will then experience four to six monitored placements in different areas of the business. Graduates in many organisations spend the duration of their training scheme in the same area, but our aim is to give you all-round knowledge of the business and a clear insight into where your strengths and interests lie, with a view to future specialisation. But whatever placements you take, we can guarantee that you will be working on large-scale projects from the outset - mostly working during the daytime at our canary wharf head office, although since the underground is a 24-hour operation, there will be occasional night-time site visits depending on your role.

Training and Development

To assist your progress on both the work and academic front, you will be assigned a mentor. We will encourage and support you in your achievement of further professional development. Regular performance reviews and quarterly reports will monitor your progress and ensure the training is of positive benefit to both you and the business. There are also opportunities to meet up with other graduates at a formal quarterly forum, where senior managers from across the business make themselves available to answer questions.

While you may already have an idea of the specific area that you would ultimately like to specialise in, the s
cheme gives you the opportunity to experience different aspects of engineering work which may affect your decision.

Placement will be across all areas of the business including track refurbishment, station modernisations, lifts & escalators (step free access) encompassing construction, design and management based work. Working towards IEng or CEng with the ICE.

What we look for

Our graduate recruitment programme aims to deliver the expertise that enables us to provide cutting-edge engineering and commercial solutions. We need graduates who can fit into a performance-driven culture where people are valued and respected - those who can demonstrate a flair for leadership, plenty of drive, a commitment to teamwork and strong analytical skills. Above all, we want graduates who will relish the chance to improve transport in the capital for three million passengers every day.

We also look for a class 2:2 Degree or better in civil engineering accredited by the Institution Of Civil Engineers.

What we offer

  •  A starting salary of £26,000
  • Performance-related salary review every six months based on your performance discussion reviews
  • Pension scheme membership
  • Life assurance
  • 29 days’ holiday + bank holidays
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • 90% reimbursement of Tube travel in the first year *
  • Voluntary benefits programme

How to apply

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