The Permanent Way Institution is moving to a new stage in its evolution

The reliability statistics were puzzling. Some years ago, the Victoria Line was behaving well – then suddenly, reliability fell off a cliff. Denis Tunnicliffe, Chief Exec at the time, ordered an investigation. It turned out that ‘old Fred’, who had adopted the points at Brixton as his professional baby and nursed them faithfully, had retired – and no-one had been looking after them in the way he had.

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