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â€œWe roll out new light commercials at the rate of 2,500 a year,â€ says Network Railâ€™s Head of Fleet, Chuck Ives. The organisation, which owns and operates Britainâ€™s rail infrastructure, is a long-time Ford customer and is pursuing an aggressive programme to keep its fleet right up to date.
Network Rail employs 32,000 people to run, maintain and develop track, the signalling system, rail bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. And to enable staff to carry out that work, Chuck and his team manage a fleet of 8,000 vehicles, ranging from cars to HGVs.
The bulk of the fleet, some 6,000 units, consists of light commercials, and 50 per cent of these have been replaced in the past 18 months. As one of three preferred suppliers, Ford provides 70 per cent of the vehicles in the light van to 3.5-tonne segment, in the form of Transits and Transit Connects.
Many of the Transits are used as six- and eight-seat personnel support vans, providing a home from home for Network Rail teams. Cab and crew areas typically include M1 crash-tested seats, Status crash-tested flooring system, bulkheads and linings, water storage and boiler, hand-washing and drying facilities, soap and barrier-cream dispensers, microwave, drop-table, auxiliary power source and diesel heater.
Depending on their specialist application (Signal ™s vehicles are obtained on contract hire from a variety of suppliers on a four-year or 80,000-mile replacement basis.