London Underground and TfL

01.11.06

Trio of triumphs for Tube Lines

Tube Lines, the company charged with bringing the busiest lines on the London Underground up to speed, has scooped three awards in the space of 14 days.

The first accolade, the 2006 Asset Management Award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, recognises the imaginative transformation of Tube Lines’ escalator renewal strategy. In modifying its strategy, Tube Lines changed the way it assessed the condition of escalators and used that to model the cost-versus-risk and residual life of each escalator and every component. The company then identified improvements in maintenance and upgrade processes which will cost-effectively offer enhanced reliability and lifespan. At the same time, it reduced the length of time taken to refurbish an escalator from 26 weeks to nine.

Since submitting an award entry, the enhanced techniques which attracted the judges’ attention have delivered further improvements. Tube Lines has broken its own records for escalator works by refurbishing machines at Colliers Wood and Green Park in just eight weeks.

Tube Lines also won a Greater London Regional Training Award for demonstrating outstanding training achievement. It needed to change culturally in order to meet stretching contractual targets and ensure it works in an economic and efficient manner. Working with Innermost Consulting, Tube Lines created a training programme for managers to help them develop as leaders and drive through a new approach to managing assets on the London Underground. As well as contributing to a 21% increase in satisfaction with leadership at Tube Lines and a 19% improvement in job satisfaction, the methods and approaches covered in the training are successfully changing the way people work and contributed to the escalator improvements for which the Institute of Engineering and Technology recognised Tube Lines.

The hat trick in wins was achieved by Tube Lines’ Communications team, which won silver awards from the Federation of European Business Communicators' Associations this weekend. Tube Lines’ 2006 Employee Review and internal magazine platform were judged to be the best UK examples and shone amongst 198 entries from 28 countries to win recognition in the annual reports and photography classes.

Terry Morgan, chief executive of Tube Lines, said:

“Thanks to efforts around the business to drive change, people at Tube Lines are embracing the challenges our three lines pose and finding better ways of improving performance and reliability. We welcome the recognition of these three awards but our greatest priority is to keep improving so that Londoners who use the Tube and travel on our lines daily can enjoy quick, dependable services. We want to reassure them that these recent successes mark one step on a long road of improvements.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >
New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve transport infrastructure in th... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line betwee... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >