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2002-09-26 RTK-001
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Railtrack takes charge of network maintenance and introduces a more permanent, skilled workforce

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack takes charge of network maintenance and introduces a more permanent, skilled workforce

26 September 2002
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Railtrack will take the lead in maintaining the rail network under new arrangements with its maintenance companies. Railtrack will decide what should be done and when with contractors responsible for the quality of the work.

The new roles and responsibilities will be introduced in Railtrack’s Eastern Region early next year and the rest of the country will follow suit by April 2004.

By December 2003, 85% of the track workforce will be direct employees of Railtrack’s maintenance contractors significantly reducing the use of labour agencies and sub contractors. This forms part of Railtrack’s drive for more effective maintenance, with both parties looking to increase the number of skilled workers available to the industry.

John Armitt Railtrack’s Chief Executive said: “We are continually striving to deliver a safer railway and this is an important step forward for more effective maintenance of the railways.

“Together with contractors we are making sure that we have the correct strategy for maintaining a safe, reliable network. The new arrangement will allow Railtrack to decide what gets done and when. It also allows the contractors to get more skilled labour in the right place at the right time.

“Eastern region will lead the way in implementing the new scheme, and in partnership with contractors, we will ensure that this new way of working is rolled out across the network by April 2004.”

Detailed organisational and contract details are currently being finalised. However, the principles of the new arrangements are as follows:

o Railtrack will be more prescriptive in determining inspection processes and be directly involved in certain key inspections.

o Railtrack, having assessed with contractors the output of inspection, will take responsibility for the decisions as to what is to be done and when.

o Railtrack, together with its contractors, is currently developing a range of defined competencies that will be necessary for all those working on the railway and which will enhance current skill levels.

o Railtrack will take a direct role in the verification of completed work.

o Contractors will support Railtrack in determining future workloads and planning possessions, and contractors will carry out the detailed planning and execution of all work required to maintain the infrastructure.

o Contractors will be responsible for the quality of all work. Quality verification will be provided through a joint Railtrack/contractor programme.

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Notes to editors: We own and maintain the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations of Britain’s railway network.

We provide access to the tracks and stations for all passenger and freight trains, timetable their movements and operate the signalling as they move on the network.

For media enquiries please contact the Railtrack press office on 020 7557 8292/3

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