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12 June 2014

Celebrating 131 Permanent Way Course Passes

131 London Underground staff have recently passed the London Underground annual asset knowledge course known as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ classes with flying colours. After 20 weeks of lectures, delegates proudly received their certificates at a presentation hosted by Phil Hufton, Chief Operating Officer and assisted by Paul Bull, Vice President for England for the Permanent Way Institution. 40 delegates who achived over 90%  also received one year’s membership of the Permanent Way Institution in recognition of their success.

The course, run with the support of the Permanent Way Institution, aims to helps London Underground staff gain valuable asset knowledge, such as how power and train operations link with track engineering.

Phil said: 'I’m delighted to present awards to people from across London Underground and our supply chain including those delegates where it isn’t traditionally their area of work. They've attended the Permanent Way Education Classes in their own time and all shown real flexibility and commitment in gaining a qualification in either the 'A' or 'B' classes which can only contribute to our success in delivering a world class tube for a world class city.

'I would also like to thank the many people who volunteered from within London Underground to organise and deliver the classes supported by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and our partners the Permanent Way Institution.'

Noel Richardson, Station Control Room Assistant at Euston, spoke of his reasons for completing the course: 'I have always been interested in joining Emergency Response Unit and what I learned was the first stepping stone towards progressing my career. It was also a great networking opportunity as I met so many different people working across TfL.'

Dick Dixon, Track Competence Licensing Manager, organises the course: 'It’s entirely voluntary, so it always amazes me the effort everyone puts in. It’s so important to pass on track knowledge and anything that interfaces with it.'

If you’d like to register for the 2014/15 course and you work for either London Underground or one of its suppliers, speak to your line manager and look out on the London Underground intranet, noticeboards and traffic circulars later in the summer for instructions how to apply.

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