Engineering and fleet

Metronet Crisis

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 16/07/2007 - 20:09

Metronet is all over the news today. The PPP Arbiter has indicated that he will not agree to the Infraco's demand that London Underground pay for its incompetence, and LUL will 'only' have to pay Metronet an additional £121m rather than the £551m it had asked for. That's not a one-off, that's the four-weekly Infrastructure Service Charge.

Sticky Situation

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 12/07/2007 - 09:15

Refurb work at Loughton station involves resurfacing the platforms. A tip to Metronet: make sure the new surface has actually set before you let passengers stand on it. One particular passenger was aggrieved to find her bag covered in black sticky stuff ...

This follows an incident during the hot weather a few months back at the same station. The platform surface actually started bubbling, and two platforms had to be taken out of use. It's just lucky for Metronet that the sun hasn't come out since then ...

Central Line derailment: Management cut corners on safety

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 06/07/2007 - 09:52

Yesterday's derailment on the Central line was in the same place as another incident just six weeks ago. On May 21, a train struck a P-way storage bin left by the track, and was lucky not to derail. Union health & safety reps complained to management and demanded an investigation. This was not the first time that union reps had complained about lineside scrap in this area. Six weeks later, no investigation, no action ... and the inevitable derailment.

Metronet re-organisation

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 03/07/2007 - 12:16

Metronet plans a "re-organisation" to get itself out its financial crisis. Although the crisis was caused by management, it is workers who will be made to pay the price. Here's how:

  • massive job losses
  • freezing vacancies
  • higher workload
  • dramatic shift changes
  • new work locations
  • depot closures

So it's a good job that RMT reps and activists are already gearing up for a fight to defend Metronet workers.

Wot No Lockers?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 02/05/2007 - 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.

Points Failure

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 27/04/2007 - 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.

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