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Network Rail launches New Measurement Train.


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Network Rail launches New Measurement Train.
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date
14 July 2003
source Network Rail
type Press release



National

Network Rail will officially launch its New Measurement Train this Friday at Euston station. The train will dramatically increase Network Railís inspection capacity, providing valuable information to its engineers on asset condition. This increase in asset knowledge will better equip Network Railís engineers to make the decisions necessary to improve the nationís infrastructure. The train is able to travel at up to 125mph, which will allow it to slot in between timetabled trains on the high speed lines and so prevent any disruption to services.

Andrew McNaughton, Network Rail chief engineer, will give a presentation detailing the trainís capabilities, in the conference carriage of the train. There will be opportunity for questions before a tour of the train by Gary Sanford, head of innovation and examination.

Network Rail is investing heavily in new plant and technology that will help in its drive to improve the nationís infrastructure that is in a fragile condition following years of under investment. In addition to this, Network Rail is completely revising how maintenance is undertaken. It is taking a far more hands on approach with the New Maintenance Programme currently being introduced across the network, which means that Network Rail engineers will be making the decisions as to what work will be carried out and when, shifting the risk and responsibility from contractors to itself. Network Rail has already taken over complete responsibility for maintenance in the Reading area, and will do the same in the East Midlands and Wessex areas in the coming months. These moves will help Network Rail better appreciate the difficulties experienced by its contractors, making it a better informed and more intelligent client.

Attendees are asked to report to the Trade Reception opposite platform 12 at Euston Station for 10.00 on Friday 18 July. For further information, and to RSVP, please contact: Steve Turner on 020 7557 8105.

Contact information

Media Relations (National)
020 3356 8700
mediarelations@networkrail.co.uk



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