An Emergency Response Unit (ERU) working for Tube PPP contractor Tube Lines has been recognised with a Beacon Award for dedication to safety whilst working in a hazardous environment.
The Acton based ERU are one of four such teams of dedicated emergency repairers, tasked with fixing faults as speedily as possible to ensure the minimal of disruption to passengers. They also work closely with London’s other emergency services attending rail related incidents, and they played a pivotal role during and after the July 7 bombings.
The beacon scheme at Tube Lines is based on the Considerate Constructors Scheme but demands even higher standards and has additional requirements because of the potentially hazardous rail environment. The scheme was introduced in 2006 by Tube Lines to help ensure that all work at its project sites and maintenance depots is undertaken safely and considerately.
The award was presented by Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes who said their work “is essential for the smooth running of the Tube.”
Garry Pratt, ERU manager at Tube Lines said his team were “very pleased to have received this beacon award as it is testament to all the hard work that we do on and off site.”
“Having Richard Barnes come along and present the award meant a lot to the guys as their work often goes unnoticed. This award and visit will spur the team on to maintain their high levels of safety at work.”