Network operations training for the Elizabeth line

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Network operations training for the Elizabeth line

Network operations training for the Elizabeth line


Signalling is important on any railway
line. We have to move trains that’ve got people on so it has to be done in a safe
manner, it has to be done in an efficient manner, so if we can do it as efficiently
as possible then we can get more trains into the system. I’m helping the
operations readiness department and that is ensuring that we
have the train staff that we have ready to operate the railway when we’re able
to do so. We have a simulator for the signalling system, the power system, the
tunnel vent system and we are running simulations and exercises trying to make
them as realistic as possible and we do those on a weekly basis at the moment.
There are seven or eight service and infrastructure managers, there’s eight of
me. Each of us has three or four traffic managers who are the signallers and power
operators and then there are a team of incident response managers. These are
people who are outside on the ground responding to incidents and reporting
back in to the service and infrastructure manager wherever they go
to and where they’re deployed to. We’re doing whole range of scenarios. We’re
doing scenarios about broken rails, we’re doing scenarios about power lines being
dragged down, we’ve been doing simulations about organising evacuations
from trains, a person ill on the train. We will be developing them further and
we’ll be making them more interactive. We’re going to be using our training
facility in Ilford and we’ll be using that to send our incident response
managers to, our maintenance response teams and they’ll be going to that
facility so they’ll be doing more hands-on work. The network operations
team which I’m a part of, the people on it come from all sorts of different
backgrounds. We have some railway people of course and quite rightly so but we
have people from the ambulance service, we have people from the police service, we’ve got people from all over the place. Probably
all traffic managers have been itching to get our hands on the system and
actually deal with how it would be day to day. You can see that it can be a role
that can be quiet at times and it can be quite busy at times depending on how
the incidents really go on the day on a day to day basis. So for me although I
thought I knew a lot about the railway I never realised
how much there was to learn so yeah, definitely the knowledge I’m learning is
great. Not having a railway background, it’s put me in a much better position to
be able to do my job properly and I now understand a lot more about railways.
This just seemed a really interesting project to be part of. The fact that it
was Crossrail and it’s starting a railway. Really nice to be in on the start of it
and watch it grow and set something into place where I can look back and went “I did that”.

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