Southern, HSBC Rail and Tessella are celebrating, as Southern’s Class 455 fleet has won the ‘Silver Spanner’ award.
Each year, the trade and technical magazine, Modern Railways and rail industry representative body, the Railway Forum, recognises achievement in the reliability of UK train fleets across a variety of categories.
Over the last year, Southern have increased the Class 455 reliability from 6,000 to over 15,000 miles per failure, making it the most improved fleet in its class. A significant factor in this improvement has been the introduction into this fleet of the ground-breaking technology TAPAS (Train Automatic Performance Analysis System), designed and developed by Tessella. This enabled a transition from traditional train maintenance to an information centred, condition-based maintenance approach, with impressive results.
TAPAS is a fully generic solution that can be applied equally well to new rolling stock as to existing mid-life fleets.
Click here to read more about TAPAS in Tessellations issue 62 (page 3).