While the world’s focus has been on the Olympics based in East London, a major training exercise has been conducted in West London.
A collaboration between London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail, Track Partnership is responsible for the renewal of track and drainage assets on the London Underground Network. In preparation for doubling the volume of track and drainage being renewed in coming years, the Track Partnership team has been running one of the biggest training events ever seen in London Underground’s Track Renewals history at Ruislip Depot.
The four week training event, which was planned to coincide with the stand down in normal works during the Olympics, was operated alongside a Track Renewal and focused on site management, supervision and core engineering skills. The exercise allowed on-site works to be completed in a non-operational depot with scenarios and additional challenges being tested during the sessions.
Training took place in three classrooms, six worksites and utilised 40 trains. Fourteen Trainers delivered engineering and soft skills training throughout the event using a common theme – stick to the plan, escalate any changes and always communicate clearly.
Keith Atkinson of the Office of Rail Regulation said, ‘To see people having the chance to take time out over the renewal in this non- pressurised environment to learn is a real credit to the Track Partnership.’
Steve Naybour of the Track Partnership said, ‘The Olympics stand down provided an ideal opportunity to deliver this essential training. During the four weeks we’ve had visitors from TDU, Tube Lines and Balfour Beatty who have all been impressed to see such an initiative take place. It really has been an event to be proud of.’