Time for a rethink on UK’s rail engineering schedules

London King's Cross engineering works

Unlike all different transport modes continuing operations during holidays, this is not the case for the railways of Great Britain. The only movement in the railway network during such days is the scream of the grinding wheel, the roar of the welding torch, and thousands of orange-jacketed engineers, hard at work on a programme of perennial projects designed to make the railway run better but bringing all traffic to a halt in the process. This Easter has been no different, but calls for a radical rethink are growing ever louder as the revenue and business losses increase.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

1 comment op “Time for a rethink on UK’s rail engineering schedules”

bönström bönström|29.04.22|01:52

LCC costs calculation, now has to include costs all the way, including customers logistics costs, for costs at ware owners, that have shifted strategy to “On Demand”. ( Only a smalll minority now can afford the luxury of disregarding importance of “On Time” supply.)
Quality pays and within supply chains, now more than ever before.
On shore, a pity it is, but currently the single available high quality device is the on road vehicles, up to 1000 km from Port.

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