Engineering and fleet

Defending Agreements on Fleet

RMT members on Fleet are gearing up for a battle to defend their working agreements, which LU are trying to erode. RMT has declared an official dispute, and is preparing a ballot for industrial action.

LU has outsourced the airbag replacement programme on the S-Stock to external contractors...

Wot No Sidings?

The Central line sidings at Holborn are showing some wear and tear. So they are going to be repaired, right? Wrong.

Instead of putting things right, LUL intend to close them. Yep, don't bother giving them the brush-up that you can expect to have to carry out from time to time, just "decommission"...

Tube Lines strike ballot rains on Night Tube parade?

Tube Lines engineering and maintenance workers have voted by over 85% for strikes, after LU refused to discuss ongoing pensions issues until after the launch of Night Tube.

Pensions is just one of a series of struggles Tube Lines workers currently face: there are also outstanding issues relating...

Lillie Bridge Engineers Prepare For Strikes

RMT is preparing to ballot its members in the Lillie Bridge engineering depot for strikes, as Boris Johnson and TfL/LU attempt to accelerate the process of moving work out of the depot so it can be demolished to make way for luxury flats.

The proposed demolition is part of a wider plan to...

Bombardier Balls-Up

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...

Fiddler on the Roof?

The Central Line is well and truly up the wall tonight after a chunk of tunnel roof collapsed onto the westbound track at Shepherd's Bush.

It appears that contractors extending the commercial empire of the Westfield Shopping Centre above managed to drill a hole so big that you could get a good...

Engineers: Vote Yes for Strikes!

Engineers in the RMT are currently taking part in two strike ballots, both concluding on 28 January.

TubeLines staff are being balloted for strikes over pay. Reps overwhelmingly rejected a settlement (which also covers proposed pay and terms conditions arrangements for the proposed "Night Tube")...

Shortage of Trains

The Central Line has a 'shortage of trains'. Most days, customers are having to wait ages for trains that arrive already packed with passengers. LU's explanation for the missing trains is that the motors are failing 'at a higher rate than was expected', which means that fleet engineers are having to...

District Line: Spiralling Costs And Severe Delays

Tubeworker hears that LU is storing shiny new District S Stock trains in a shed in Derbyshire because work to extend the depots for the new fleet has overrun. Ealing Common depot should have been ready within three years; but it’s been three years and the work is still only half finished Tubeworker...

Fleet Fights Agency Threat

You might think that 23-year old trains would still be pretty fit for the future, but the Central Line's 92 stock is so fragile that it needs a heavy overhaul.

You might think that would mean employing more people to do the work, and to train the new people taken on to do the work. But management...

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