Gaining better insight into wear and tear on the tracks should deliver benefits to the organisation and its customers — the train and freight operating companies.
“We can build better alliances if we’ve got a better understanding of the capability of our infrastructure. We can have better conversations with the train operating companies. So rather than block booking capacity out for maintenance, we can say, ‘This weekend we don’t need to take maintenance out.’ We can be more transparent, basing ourselves on facts rather than age-old policies,” Goodman said.
In a sense it is also a “big data” story, he continued. “We have a large programme of thousands of sensors on the network to monitor. We want to move away from being reactive to a “predict and prevent mode.” If Network Rail has a better view of the traffic running on the tracks it can assess impact more accurately. Clapham Junction tracks will have a different profile to “a small line in North Wales,” he said.
(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)