The London Underground workforce is rife with drink and drugs and managers are struggling to control a 'workforce that seemed determined to break every rule in the safety book'.
This is the conclusion Journalist Chris Millar who spent a month with Morson International, one of the contractors who look after the Underground by carrying out vital repair work during the night.
His report follows an undercover operation by newspaper the Evening Standard, where he found evidence of dismissals for cocaine abuse, contractors arriving for work on track maintenance drunk, widespread absenteeism and theft of London Underground property by staff.
The company has a contract through the Public Private Partnership which earns it £400,000 a month.
London Underground policy bans drink or drug-taking at work, and those who test positively for either will lose their job. Those found guilty of such an offence are banned from working on the Tube for life.
Ged Mason, managing director of Morson said that the company took a proactive approach to drugs testing and claimed "every precaution" was taken to ensure it complied with all London Underground health and safety laws.