March 2012 in London Underground
A reporter is concerned by the incorrect display of temporary and emergency speed restriction signage on the District Line, west of Putney Bridge to Wimbledon. The concern is that Drivers may be travelling too fast over a section of track, because they are unaware of the correct speed.
This particular section of track is signed, signalled and controlled by Network Rail and operated under their rules; however, the section is actually maintained by London Underground. The reporter believes Network Rail contractors may be responsible for erecting the signage.
Examples of incorrect signage include:
Temporary speed restriction boards: Warning boards set up, but no speed indicator board and sometimes no termination board either.
Emergency speed restriction boards: Emergency speed indicator boards set up in exactly the same location as the warning board.
In some locations, Drivers are also finding the mix of London Underground and Main Line railway speed restriction signage confusing. On the section of track in question, London Underground signage should not be used at all.
Could Network Rail:
Could Network Rail and London Underground work together to:
Response from London Underground
Regular meetings are held between Network Rail
and London Underground, at corporate and local level where the
infrastructure is shared.
Feedback from London Underground has been given to Network Rail about this incident, and assurances have been sought that Network Rail will ensure correct procedures are followed when displaying trackside signage.
The local London Underground Duty Managers have been reminded that the Planned General Inspections (PGI) conducted should monitor signage, and that when engineering or maintenance work takes place on shared infrastructure, maintained by Network Rail, a PGI takes place following conclusion of the work.