Production has restarted at Derby Litchurch Lane, after Bombardier agreed new working practices with on-site trade union representatives. Work will also progressively restart at the manufacturer’s Ilford and Crewe facilities.
The company had announced on March 25 that it was pausing work, due to the Government’s social distancing measures introduced two days earlier in the fight against COVID-19 (RAIL 902).
In a statement, the manufacturer said: “Working with site trade union representatives we have used the pause to review working practices at Derby, Crewe and Ilford in order to comply with social distancing requirements.”
In the week beginning April 6, the company began trialling the new processes - these include greater spacing, split shifts, additional safety requirements and washing facilities. Staff are now being trained on these practices ahead of going to work.
Work began again at Derby and Ilford yesterday (April 14), with Crewe following today (April 15).
For the FULL story, read RAIL 903, published on April 22, and available digitally from April 18.
For the FULL story on the closure, read RAIL 902, out now.
For the FULL story regarding the railway's ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation, read RAIL 903, published on April 22, and available digitally from April 18.