Engineering and fleet

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...

More action on DLR, strike ballot on LU Fleet...

DLR Interserve cleaners will strike again, from 8-10 June, in their campaign for pay justice. They held a solid strike from 27-29 May, but Interserve aren't playing ball, so workers will have to continue speaking in the only language bosses understand: industrial action.

Directly-employed DLR...

Off The Rails

The job's well and truly up the wall on the Central line today, following last night's engineering train derailmemt.

The battery-powered ballast train derailed its last bogie and clattered into the wall, sending four on board to hospital, including the tamper driver. The good news is that all...

Tube Lines, Thales: Prepare to strike!

RMT members at Tube Lines have overwhelmingly rejected a company proposal to remove rostered rest days. The union is now preparing a strike ballot.

At Thales (one of the companies which provides and maintains various technical infrastructure to LU), workers have voted by 80% for strikes, and...

Falling Rocks

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...

Trains Hit Each Other: Management Talk It Down

On 1 May, between East Putney and Southfields, two District Line S stock trains clattered into each other - or, in management-speak, "came into slight contact".

The cause? The tracks in the area had moved. Again in management-speak, this was a "slight movement", but if it was enough to cause two...

Check Cuts Cause Crashes

So you thought that rolling stock units were checked every 14 days, right? Wrong.

In their wisdom, management have cut this to every 23 days, and are now cranking up the pressure to cut it further, to 28 days or beyond. They even reckon that the new stock only needs a once-over every 60 days....

Nice Work if You Can Get It

London Underground has awarded a £110m track renewals contract to ... Balfour Beatty!

Unless there is another Balfour Beatty we don't know about, this is the same one which was a major part of the Metronet consortium, which spent the disastrous PPP years turning in a crap performance while...

Monthly Cycle

'Maintenance optimisation'? Maintenance cuts, more like!

Management seem to think that checks on trains currently carried out every 14 days need only happen every 28 days. These checks are for stuff like brake block wear and cracks in brackets - problems which have caused lots of problems in the...

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