Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. The 18 largest stations are run by the company itself, while all the others, over 2,500, are run by one of the country’s train operating companies.
Network Rail’s role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway every day for the four and half million people and businesses who rely on it.
The fleet team are responsible for vehicle acquisitions, vehicle design, internal vehicle construction with approved converters, build plan, delivery to the end customers, dealing with manufacturers in regards to warranty claims and faults, financial payments to all of the supply chain, Operator Licensing, Audits (FORS, FTA, Van Excellence), consultation with external bodies such as the DVSA. Due to the variety of vehicles on the fleet, they were on the lookout for a suitable wheel security solution to enhance their levels of safety whilst maintaining a consistency
across the fleet. Read on to find out more how they were able to achieve this…
The main challenge is, as always, remaining competitive within the sector, providing safe, efficient and reliable vehicles to transport staff, being compliant on their requirements in regards to legislation.
Network Rail had previously been using the standard yellow wheel nut indicators, but were not satisfied. The main challenge was achieving a consistent look across all vehicles to help drivers do their daily checks.
Network Rail wanted a consistent cost effective, simple to fit and use solution, but that would give them the levels of safety required to be able to both have an indication of loose wheel nuts, and also the peace of mind provided by the retaining function.
This problem was solved by using WheelSentry
We have worked with Ross and Wheel Sentry since 2017 on the fitment of the wheel sentry products to our range of vehicles, this is from small vans up to the new 32 tonne lorries. The product is simple to use, install and does what is says on the tin, protects the vehicles and staff, quite simply the cost of not fitting these outweighs itself against the issues if a vehicle loses a wheel.
Steve Duffy, Business Support Manager