Thursday 1 Apr 2004


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Network Rail today, Thursday 1 April, took direct control for the maintenance of the infrastructure in the Great Northern, North Eastern and Liverpool/North Wales contract areas.   Taking in all of the East Coast Main Line in England, delivering vital commuter services into London, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales and throughout Yorkshire, it links either side of the Pennines and the major cities of Liverpool, Leeds, York and Newcastle.  The three areas are responsible for maintaining 24% of the rail network with over 4,660 track miles. This is the fourth and largest transfer of maintenance to date and sees 3250 employees moving back in-house and continues Network Rail’s strategy of unifying the operation and maintenance of the railway.  Creating a single integrated rail maintenance operation will deliver three key benefits: ·        Consistent application of high standards of rail maintenance across the area. ·        Significant efficiency savings to be delivered from the annual maintenance budget. ·        Continued improvement in track-side safety standards. - more - Maintenance - 2 This move forms part of Network Rail’s key strategic decision to bring rail maintenance in-house, the most fundamental restructuring of Britain’s railway since British Rail was reorganised in 1994, two years before privatisation. The transfer is the culmination of six months of planning and preparation and ensures that maintenance is carried out by a permanent workforce of well trained individuals committed to a strong safety culture. Richard Fenny, Director Maintenance (Designate) Network Rail said: “Rail maintenance is a central part of Network Rail’s operation. Unifying maintenance and the operation of the railway under one roof will bring many benefits and help to deliver a better railway for the passenger. “The management and staff of Jarvis have been very professional and without their help this major organisational change could not have happened as quickly or as smoothly as it has.  “We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues to Network Rail.” The new employees are an experienced and skilled workforce and include managerial and clerical staff, signalling technicians, track workers, overhead line technicians and fixed plant technicians.

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