Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has refused to rule out setting up a new public-private partnership for the two-thirds of the London Underground maintained by collapsed Metronet Rail consortium. Financial Times.

Appearing before the Commons’ transport select committee, Kelly also praised the performance of Tube Lines, the private contractor working on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines – the only lines not covered by Metronet.

Her statements suggest the Department for Transport will push Transport for London to involve the private sector heavily in any new arrangements for Metronet, which it is set to take over in January.

On Tuesday, TfL and Alan Bloom, Metronet’s administrator, said TfL was so far the only bidder for the contractor, which went into administration in July.