Monday 26 Jul 2004

NETWORK RAIL BRINGS OVER 800 MAINTENANCE WORKERS

Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
Network Rail took direct control for the maintenance of the infrastructure in Wales and the Marches from Carillion at midnight on Saturday 24 July, marking the completion of transfer of all maintenance activities under direct company control.  The move sees over 800 workers coming across and continues Network Rail’s strategy of unifying the operation and maintenance of the railway.  Wales and the Marches forms part of Network Rail’s newly created Western territory and covers the route along the South Wales coast, through Swansea and Cardiff and up to Pwllheli and along to Nantwich. Gregg Lunn, who has also joined us from Carillion, has been appointed as Territory Maintenance Director for the Western territory. 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. 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 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. - more - Maintenance - 2 Peter Leppard, General Manager for Wales and the Marches, 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. “The management and staff of Carillion 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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