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Network Rail Track Delivery Update from Steve Featherstone 12th September

Date: 12/09/2014

IP Track have had a good week in terms of safety and delivery; there have been no serious accidents or incidents. Some volume has been curtailed but contingency plans worked well to protect handback. There were no overruns.

We are working hard with the new contractors and with NSC 24/7 to improve communications during our work. Feedback from the routes is that they are far more confident of a right time handback when they can see progress against the bar chart. Where we have any problems, ...

Network Rail Track Delivery Update from Steve Featherstone 5th September

Date: 05/09/2014

PL and S&C Contracts

It has been a busy few weeks since I last wrote a Track Delivery update: the Plain Line and S&C contracts in the North cut over to Babcock, Carillion and AmeySersa on 19 August. The safe delivery of work started immediately after cut over. Since contract transition we have had two core weekends of work in the North and five core weekends of work in the South.


Generally things have gone very well however last Monday we had our first overrun of the new ...

Network Rail Track Delivery Update from Steve Featherstone 25th July 2014

Date: 25/07/2014

Lookout Operated Warning Systems (LOWS)

On many of our Track work sites we use Lookout Operated Warning Systems (LOWS) to warn track workers a train is approaching.  In February one of the systems failed to operate correctly and we had a near miss with a train. The subsequent investigation identified the immediate cause as operator error.

However as we carried on with the investigation to identify the root cause, we discovered that the safety, competency and quality ...

Track Delivery update 11 July 2014 - Steve Featherstone

Date: 11/07/2014

Recommendations following fatal accident

In January, John Wright, one of our colleagues working out of Doncaster delivery unit, was struck by a train while working in the Newark Northgate area. He passed away ten days later in hospital. A formal investigation followed the incident, to determine the facts, the immediate and underlying causes, and make recommendations to prevent similar accidents.

The report makes five key recommendations:

1    Work should be undertaken to ...

Track Delivery update 30 June 2014

Date: 30/06/2014

Close calls and fatigue

The latest Track Safety Alliance video was launched at the recent TSA staff reps meeting, on the theme of Close Calls.  We managed to fill the auditorium with 200 frontline workers to talk about their issues and I gave a general update on the Track Ten Point Plan.

I asked the group how many people had ever felt them selves nodding off whilst driving – with the exception of one person, everybody said that this had happened to them.  Check out the ...

Network Rail Track Delivery Update from Steve Featherstone. 10 June 2014

Date: 10/06/2014

Carillon Fatalities

Sadly yesterday morning we heard that five members of a Carillion team returning home from work on the Reading project were involved in a road traffic accident on a motorway. Two of the team were pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of all of those involved.

Fatigue Management

Nick Millington has brought together a cross industry group to look at fatigue management.  The Fatigue Management Working Group, (a ...

Network Rail Track Delivery Update from Steve Featherstone. 28 May 2014

Date: 28/05/2014

Project Safety Leadership Group (PSLG)

Last Thursday, I chaired the Project Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) meeting.  PSLG includes senior representatives from Network Rail Infrastructure Projects as well as industry leaders representing our major contractors.  The chair rotates: Roger Dickinson, IP did a brilliant job leading a discussion on Mark Carne’s safety vision and Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty is chairing the next one. 

I led the meeting in three parts: ...