Engineering and fleet

Biometrics and Solidarity

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 28/01/2007 - 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, 26/01/2007 - 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, 04/12/2006 - 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, 20/11/2006 - 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.

Wrong Size Bolt

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 18/11/2006 - 08:05

Last week, there was a track failure at Seven Sisters at start of traffic, on the points coming out of the depot. The cause? Apparently in overnight maintenance, a bolt of the wrong size had been used and when the first train went over the track the block joint keeled over and failed. Result: major chaos on the Vic Line.

Wrong tools, poor maintenance, no staff on site to deal with the failure ... Anyone would think that Metronet cuts corners to maximise profit.

One Size Fits All?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 21/10/2006 - 23:01

Union reps were surprised to stumble across a "new Victoria Line train" being tested on a recent visit to Derby. It's odd that it could get so far along the production process without our reps being consulted. You could almost suspect that Metronet and LUL are trying to sneak things past us.

They've already had to go back to square one on this before, with the mock-up 'S' stock cab falling well short of acceptable. In particular, people who are shorter, taller, fatter or thinner than average - and, let's face it, who isn't? - would find it uncomfortable and difficult to operate.

Sparing The Blushes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 14/10/2006 - 11:33

Well, that's odd. Metronet's chief executive appeared before the GLA's transport committee on Thursday afternoon. And a shedload of P-way work was called off without warning on Wednesday night. A coincidence? Surely not.

When Metronet protection masters tried to book on with the Track Access Controller, they were told that Metronet had withdrawn their SABRE job numbers without explanation. So only a few of the 30ish sites currently being worked on by TrackForce were active and hundreds of engineering workers were left with nothing to do.

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