Title

APPROACH TO IMPROVING RAILWAY ENGINEERING/MAINTENANCE PRODUCTIVITY

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1986

Subject Area

infrastructure - track, land use - planning, organisation - management, mode - rail

Keywords

Track rehabilitation, Track maintenance, Rapid transit, Rail maintenance, Productivity, Production rate, Planning, Maintenance planning, Maintenance of way, Maintenance management, London Transport, Heavy rail transit, Cost control

Abstract

The reduction of operating deficits for railways and public transit enterprises has increasingly become the theme of governments throughout the western world. In 1983 the London Underground Limited embarked on an ambitious plan to reshape its financial profile and much of its operating characteristics through a new comprehensive strategic plan. The plan prioritized major capital investment projects, including new rolling stock with one-person operation of trains, automatic fare collection equipment, and station modernization. The plan also recommended productivity improvements in operations, administration, and engineering/maintenance. Engineering/maintenance productivity (i.e., maintenance, construction, and engineering design) was identified as a high-priority element in the plan.