Engineering and fleet

Wot No Lockers?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 15:36

Perhaps it's a good job that Metronet workers don't have overalls, cos if they are based at Acton, they'd have nowhere to put them! About 250 engineering grade staff work out of Acton, with five toilets, three showers - and no lockers - between them.

To add insult to injury, they are now barred from the car park too - the irony being that many would not have to drive to work in the first place if there were enough vans to do the job and if they had lockers to keep their tools in.

Wot No Overalls?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 15:33

Metronet workers are missing their overalls. Apparently, Metronet owes the laundry company a shedload of money, so the laundry company won't return the overalls once cleaned!

But it is of no interest to workers which bosses (or accountants) have fallen out with other bosses. What bothers us is having the right PPE for the job.

No PPE - no work!

Points Failure

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 20:57

Brixton crossover caused major problems on the Vic last week with a 10mph TSR imposed. So new points were shipped in from Spain and installed on Sunday. Just a few days later, the points failed, necessitating a Victoria-Brixton suspension during the day to replace the points motor!

Coincidence? Or perhaps all the related bits of kit should have been checked when the new points were installed.

Biometrics and Solidarity

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 11:57

Contractor ISS is still trying to sneak in biometric booking-on systems for cleaners - but it is coming up against the power of all-grades trade unionism.

RMT has an agreement with Metronet that neither the Infraco nor any of its contractors will use such systems. They are an infringement of your civil liberties, and despite using new technology, are actually a return to Victorian methods of management.

Freeze Their Assets

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 19:30

When the snow fell on Wednesday morning, 90 points on the Central line failed, resulting in total chaos on the service.

The reason? Metronet, knowing there were freezing temperatures, had decided not to de-ice the points that night in order to save money. This money-saving measure ended up costing it £40,000 in fines to TfL. Obviously, that £40,000 could have been better spent on the upkeep of the lines - but the Infracos sometimes calculate that the fines are cheaper than doing the work.

Metronet Dustbowl on the Drain

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 22:14

Today, Metronet's incompetence descended from scandal into farce. They spent the weekend grinding rails on the Waterloo and City line, but did not tidy up after themselves - in particular, they did not hoover up the dust.

So as soon as a train moved, a big cloud of dust billowed up and covered the platforms at Bank in a thick layer of grime. Drivers couldn't drive through the smog and passengers couldn't be allowed into that sort of environment, so no trains ran until well into the afternoon.

Up The Wall Again

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 11/20/2006 - 10:39

The job was up the wall on the District, Circle and Central Lines this morning, due to yet more late surrenders by Metronet. Severe delays are continuing through the morning.

Sorry, were we just saying that Metronet is crap?

Doubtless, LUL and the Mayor will make all the usual statements about how Metronet is a disgrace, how it has to get its act together etc. Words are one thing, but what we really need is action - kick the privateers off the Tube and bring maintenance back into a publicly-owned, integrated Underground.