Metropolitan line

Pain in the art?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:43

Here at Tubeworker, we're big advocates of public art and the liberating potential of artistic expression. But art installations in our workplaces need to take the safety and welfare of staff into account.

This consideration went missing with a recent "Art on the Underground" installation at King's Cross, by the Met/H&C gateline, which featured a looped 12-minute film, with a soundtrack featuring high-pitched singing throughout. A site space allocation was sent to safety reps, but no risk assessment was carried out.

Wot No Control Staff

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:50

A new manager comes in, wants to make a name for himself, clamps down on overtime, interferes with established ways of ensuring coverage, and guess what happens?

Yup. Not enough control staff to run the subsurface and Piccadilly lines last night. No problems for our intrepid new guvnor: the control room equipment can run itself! No, it can't. Still no problem: the staff can work through their meal reliefs. Er, no they can't.

Result: job up wall.

S Stock Seating Slip-up

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:09

Whatever the S in S Stock stands for it's certainly not Simple Seats.

The driver's cab has a lovely new seat but it has a complex mechanism - in fact, several complex mechanisms! - for adjusting its height, footrest and distance from the handle.

This would not be a problem if only management had bothered to provide training for drivers in how to operate it to ensure that it is ergonomically correctly positioned.

Bombardier Balls-Up

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 14:29

A GLA report has revealed the rip-off which saw TfL £886m out of pocket after awarding contract to Bombardier which it could not fulfil.

Not only that, but the terms of the contract meant that when Bombardier jumped ship, TfL had to pay it for the money it had spent rather than the work it had done. And all this leaves the sub-surface upgrades delayed by years.

The money lost about 20 times the annual saving that Fit for the Future - Stations is due to achieve. Massive job cuts, ticket office closures, ... and all the money saved gets chucked down the drain.

Falling Rocks

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:18

Yesterday morning, the job really did go right up the wall.

We reported just a few weeks back about lumps of concrete falling onto tracks and endangering life and limb. That time, it was on the Central Line, this time it's the Met/H&C.

The falling rock fouled the juice rails and the running rails, and it was only the alertness of a track workers that prevented a potentially-disastrous derailment.

Enough Time For Prep, Please

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:20

The agreed drivers' prep list for S Stock trains takes 16 minutes. It's been timed by managers and union reps together, and that's the time it takes. So that's the time that should be built into drivers' duties to prep the train, right?

You might think so, but management have other ideas. They would much rather have the driver sprint through the train taking a cursory glance at the prep items, so the train can get out on the road as soon as possible. It's all part of the master plan to employ as few people as possible to run the train service, no matter the consequences.

Walking Over Coals

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/03/2012 - 15:37

So Neasden Met depot finally got its new walkboards, needed because the south dock was too short for the trains. Only problem is ...

They are riddled with holes and gaps, there is ballast lying around everywhere, and management somehow forgot the Limited Clearance boards!

Tubeworker recommends that if you need to walk through the station, then do. and if that means your train departs late, then hopefully that will concentrate management's minds ...

Tipping Out Alone

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 12:51

Early one morning last month, a driver had to tip out a train alone after it stalled at Croxley. Where were the station staff?

Once again, management had failed to arrange cover for station duties. This time, they had left the night turns at both Croxley and Chorleywood uncovered. A helpful DSM opened the stations then left them unstaffed, depositing the keys at Rickmansworth and texting the early turn Supervisors!

Testing Testing

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 07/16/2009 - 08:45

It seems that the new S stock trains for the Metropolitan line may not be up to scratch.

When tested on Bombardier's test track at Old Dalby in Derby, they managed to rip up the rails! Apparently, this could be something to do with the brakes, or it may be that the train is designed on the assumption that rails are long, continuous strips of metal without such annoyances as block joints along the road.

Thanks goodness we have these high-quality, innovative private companies taking care of our upgrades, eh?