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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
The South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance continue to deliver the most reliable train fleet to passengers in the UK after the rail company picked up three top awards at the prestigious ‘Golden Spanner’ awards.
For the fourth year running, South West Trains once again picked up the top awards for the best reliability of its Class 455 and 159 trains and this year picked up an extra award for its Class 458s.
The ceremony, organised by industry magazine Modern Railways, awarded the highest distinction to South West Trains’ fleets in all three of the categories in which it has a fleet type.
The ex-BR EMU (electric multiple unit) Golden Spanner award was bestowed on the Class 455 train which is maintained at Wimbledon depot.
The ex-BR DMU (diesel multiple unit) Golden Spanner went to the Class 159 which is maintained at Salisbury depot.
The new generation EMU (electric multiple unit) Golden Spanner went to the Class 458 which is maintained at Wimbledon depot.
South West Trains’ programme of improvements to its fleet means the average distance operated by any train between any technical defect causing three minutes or more delay is over 60,000, which is six times higher than the industry average. This represents the equivalent of almost two round-the-world trips without any technical faults.
Christian Roth, Fleet Director for the South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance said: “We are extremely proud to win three of these nationally recognised awards. It is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of our engineering team”.
South West Trains operates the fleets of Class 455, Class 159 and Class 458 trains, on which the honours were bestowed, from London Waterloo across a large part of the South West of England. In addition, South West Trains operates fleets of Class 444s, and Class 450s which are also towards the top of the national performance league in their categories.
The annual ‘Golden Spanner Awards’ recognise improvements in train reliability across the UK rail industry. The awards are based on statistical data and are regarded across the industry as being an accurate assessment of fleet reliability. Different classes of trains operating throughout the network are ranked on the distance they cover between technical faults by the Association of Train Operating Companies’ National Fleet Reliability Improvement Programme.
Source:- South West Trains