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    June/July 2013F o r S E N I o r r A I L M A N A G E M E N T

    Clever thinking from Southern

    NEWSORRs draft CP5

    determination

    Network Rail publishes

    full-year results

    More carriages for London Overground

    c2c gets extension

    Four new stations to be funded

    Half time at Birmingham

    Using technology to the best effect, Southern is taking an

    innovative approach towards its fleet management

    InterviewEnsuring that LOROLs

    trains are up to the mark, fleet director PEtER Daw

    says success lies in the planning

    Infrastructure & Civs Stations and Depots

    FOCUS ON

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    Two sides to every coin

    Revenue up (6.2 billion); passenger satisfaction up (85 per cent); 5 billion invested in the network over the year; passenger growth running at double the rate forecast in 2009. These were just some of the headline facts and figures contained in Network Rails full-year results released at

    the beginning of June. In its own assessment of Network Rails

    performance, the Office of Rail Regulation also recognised the

    record-high level of passenger satisfaction as well as the increases

    in passenger journeys (up four per cent) and the amount of

    freight carried (up three per cent). There was praise too for the

    infrastructure companys excellent levels of performance during

    the 2012 London Olympics. Also singled out by the ORR was a

    strong performance by Network Rail and train operators in Scotland,

    where punctuality improved by 2.3 per cent to 93 per cent despite

    a period of harsh weather conditions. In contrast, however, the

    punctuality targets in England and Wales were missed, and, despite

    acknowledging some improvements, there was also some criticism

    for the lack of reliability of asset condition information, and a backlog

    of maintenance on some routes. These issues have prompted ORR

    to impose stretching targets for punctuality and asset management

    in its draft determination for CP5.

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    Features

    10 Interview

    Interview Peter Daw 10Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

    Always on consumers have increasingly high expectations 69Mark Elliott and Robert Williams

    HAV management for rail workers makes good business sense 84Jim OHagan

    Unobtrusive improvements 88Jonathan Goss

    Leave a legacy for society: become an engineer 94Mac Alghita

    Building confidence 96Rob Searle

    Profiles

    Focus on... Depots & Maintenance

    Focus on... Stations

    Upgrading the UKs railway stations through innovation 40

    Ian Dutton

    Connectivity that goes the extra mile 42Ravi Mondair

    Meeting the increase in passenger demand 44Malcolm Stamper

    Finding the future at rail stations 46David Watts

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzContentsIssue 79 June/July 2013

    Southern 16London & North Western Railway 20Metropex 50Southeastern Railway 54Grand Central 58Arriva Trains Wales 62Heathrow Express 64Knorr Bremse 70era-contact GmbH 78The Railway Industry Association 80Kapsch CarrierCom 97Bender UK 100 Touax Rail 102 Mafex 104 National Express 106 Schlatter 108 Danske Statsbaner 111 Inter Ferry Boats 116Pod-Trak 118 Morris Line Engineering 121

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    6Interview Peter Daw 10Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

    Always on consumers have increasingly high expectations 69Mark Elliott and Robert Williams

    HAV management for rail workers makes good business sense 84Jim OHagan

    Unobtrusive improvements 88Jonathan Goss

    Leave a legacy for society: become an engineer 94Mac Alghita

    Building confidence 96Rob Searle

    Focus on... Infrastructure & Civil

    Engineering London Underground: earth structures

    challenges & successes over the last 20 years 22Brian McGinnity and Nader Saffari

    The little grid with the big potential 28Tim Oliver

    Unearthing the potential of plastic 30Russell Belleguelle

    Lost in translation: seeing BIM through the clients eyes 32

    Allan Hunt

    Focus on... Stations

    Upgrading the UKs railway stations through innovation 40

    Ian Dutton

    Connectivity that goes the extra mile 42Ravi Mondair

    Meeting the increase in passenger demand 44Malcolm Stamper

    Finding the future at rail stations 46David Watts

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzContentsIndustry News 4

    Railtex Review 13 Stations 35

    Franchises 53Rolling Stock 73

    Products & Services 77Health & Safety 82

    Security 89Integrated Transport 90

    Contracts 92Training 95

    Rail Alliance new members 123 Conferences & Exhibitions 124 35

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  • Publication of the draft Environmental statement and the design refinements consultationA written statement to Parliament on HS2 from the Transport Secretary

    l The Government has published two documents for consultation which

    significantly move forward its work on

    the HS2 route between London and

    the West Midlands (known as phase

    one of HS2). These are the draft

    Environmental statement (ES) and

    the design refinements consultations.

    Publication of the draft

    Environmental statement is a key

    step towards delivering the Hybrid

    Bill for the HS2 route between

    London and the West Midlands. The formal ES will

    be published alongside the Hybrid Bill later this year, having been

    further refined in light of responses to the draft ES consultation.

    The draft ES provides, wherever available, information on the likely

    significant environmental effects of HS2 and our plans wherever

    possible to mitigate them. The Government believes that HS2 is vital

    for this country and will provide a huge economic return. However,

    I am aware that the building of the railway will cause disruption for

    those living close to the line of route. I am determined that

    this disruption should be kept to a minimum and mitigated

    wherever possible.

    Consulting on the draft ES is not a statutory requirement but the

    government recognises the importance of ensuring widespread

    engagement on the scheme. Best design can only be reached with

    the input of local communities, environmental groups and all levels of

    government.

    Once the Hybrid Bill is deposited, there will be a further

    period of consultation on the formal Environmental statement as part

    of the Parliamentary process.

    Alongside the draft ES, I have published a consultation on a series

    of design refinements for the HS2 route between London and the

    West Midlands. Since we set out our proposed route in January 2012

    we have been developing the detailed design of the scheme, listening

    to the representations from individuals and organisations affected by

    the route. This refinement process aims to ensure that we design a

    railway that is as efficient and effective as possible while limiting as far

    as practicable its impacts on people and the environment.

    Many of these proposed refinements are small in scale but some

    are more significant, altering the local impact of the scheme. To

    ensure my final decisions on these refinements are informed by the

    best possible information I have decided to consult on my initial

    preferences for the more significant changes before deciding whether

    to include them in the final design of the scheme. Consultation on

    both the draft Environmental statement and the design refinements

    closes on 11th July. Consulting on these two documents is part of

    the process of helping to make HS2 the best it can be, providing

    passengers with the high level of service they expect while minimising

    as far as practicable the impact on local communities.

    Thameslink rolling stock deall DfT has announced the award of the 1.6 billion Thameslink rolling stock contract. The deal to build 1140 new carriages for

    use on the Thameslink rail line came a step closer to completion

    on 14th June as the Department for Transport confirmed its

    decision to award the 1.6 billion contract to a consortium led

    by train manufacturer Siemens, subject to the usual ten-day

    standstill period.

    Network Rails full-year resultsl Network Rail invested more than ever before (in cash terms) some

    14 million a day (5 billion for the year)

    in renewing and expanding Britains

    railway in 2012/13, the company

    announced on 6th June in its full-

    year financial results. Its been a

    challenging year on train performance,

    influenced by bad weather, and as a result the company faces a

    tough final year of the control period (CP4) to meet its stretching

    efficiency targets.

    Group finance director, Patrick Butcher, said: The challenge

    we have faced over the last year, and will continue to face in the

    years ahead, is one of success more people wanting to use more

    trains, more of the time. Over the last 12 months we have invested

    an unprecedented amount in growing and expanding the rail

    network through over 2000 projects nationwide.

    However, the economic times in which we live mean that

    alongside delivering new capacity we need to keep a constant

    drive for improved efficiency. Our overall financial performance

    remains strong and we are on track to deliver over 5 billion of cost

    savings for the five years to 2014.

    Building capacity and driving efficiency while maintaining

    performance at todays historical high levels lie at the heart of our

    bid for funding for the next five year control period (2014-19) and

    the future of the company.

    New strategic partnershipl International rail consultancy Network Rail Consulting and rail industry body RSSB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work

    together to secure overseas business. The new partnership means that

    Network Rail Consulting can complement the full spectrum of expertise

    from Network Rail with the knowledge, products and services provided

    by RSSB. For the consultancy, the benefit is being able to tap into the

    independent rail industry body with an international reputation to provide

    an even broader package of services around the world. For RSSB, and

    the UK rail industry as a whole, the benefit is in generating new revenues

    to support the capabilities and knowledge it provides for the industry, as

    well as development opportunities for RSSB staff.

    The Rt Hon Patrick

    McLoughlin MP, Secretary of

    State for Transport

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    Lewes Uckfield rail route to be re-examinedl Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin has asked Network Rail to examine if re-opening the Lewes Uckfield railway line will meet the demand for the future growth

    in rail travel. The Governments Rail Investment Strategy already requires additional rail

    capacity to be delivered between Uckfield and London Bridge by 2019. This is likely to

    be achieved by adding more carriages to trains running on the route. Now a new study

    commissioned by the Secretary of State is looking at rail provision between London and

    the south coast further into the future and as part of its terms of reference will

    re-examine the case for a new line linking the Sussex towns.

    The study will feed into decisions on the future funding of the railways. The current

    Rail Investment Strategy outlines funding priorities until 2019 and this work would

    inform any business case for changes to rail provision in the area beyond that date.

    The line linking the two towns was closed in 1969 but there is local appetite to see

    it brought back into use. Recent moves to devolve decision-making for local transport

    schemes will also give greater freedom to local councils and enterprise partnerships to

    determine priorities and allocate funding accordingly.

    LU and TRL sign MoUl London Underground and TRL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish their mutual interest in sharing and combining research expertise

    in transport, to help develop innovative solutions to some of the challenges currently

    facing the rail industry. Both London Underground and TRL have a long history of

    working in the transport arena and together they have agreed to:

    l Undertake joint research in areas of common interestl Share experience, research and knowledge including technical and practical solutions, and jointly promote learning across the two organizations

    l Explore new ways to unlock present problems in applying news techniques and technologies

    l Share resources to advance knowledge and expertise.The agreement builds on the recent launch of LUs Innovation Portal and its drive to

    create an industry environment conducive to fostering innovation and research focused

    on meeting its business challenges.

    Eurotunnel launches ETICA to help develop intermodal rail freightl Eurotunnel considers that one of its principal missions is to develop railway traffic between the

    United Kingdom and continental Europe. Having

    introduced several previous measures (Open

    Access, European Interoperability Standards

    TSI), Eurotunnel is launching ETICA (Eurotunnel

    Incentive for Capacity Additions), a system of

    financial support for railway operators launching

    new intermodal rail freight services through the

    Channel Tunnel.

    The difficulty with opening new services through

    the Channel Tunnel is not, contrary to some views,

    due to the level of access charges, which are very

    competitive, but t...