Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Sat, 17/06/2006 - 22:16,

The joys of PPP reared their head again when our friends from Metronet were rumoured to be having problems replacing CRIDs (Current Rail Indicator Devices to the uninitiated).

Because of a technical hitch with their modifcation programme Metronet were unable to replace CRIDs on stations.This potentially left stations without a vital piece of safety equipment when requiring to confirm traction current is off.

LUL's response was to advise stations to send their CRIDS back for recalibration but in the interim they would be without them for about a week.

In reality on some stations when staff attempted to report the expired CRIDS they were either told it wasn't possible or that they had to take them in person to Lillie Bridge Depot to have them replaced.

This matter was brought to the attention of RMT Safety Council and after some serious prompting from Health & Safety Reps it finally dawned on management that there was a problem!

It is indicative of the wonderful world of PPP that we have "Cowboy" companies such as Metronet responsible for important safety equipment.

As well as confirming traction current is switched off perhaps it maybe a good idea to "switch off" Metronet's contract as well.

Just a thought.

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