Alex Foulds - Articles and news items

Industry First: PLUSBUS is the key for Southern’s new smartcard

Industry news, News  •  11 December 2012  •  Go-Ahead Group

Go-Ahead company Southern has taken the first step in smartcard ticketing integration, with PLUSBUS tickets now available…

The Tube Lines approach

Issue 2 2005, Past issues  •  24 June 2005  •  Alex Foulds, Director of Business Planning, Tube Lines

The PPP contract for the London Underground provides an innovative way of tackling a major infrastructure project by combining strong public sector management with the best private sector expertise available. Tube Lines, responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, faces a huge task in reversing the effects of decades of under-investment in the Tube and delivering progress for customers.

The key challenge lies in how we manage the thousands of assets that can be found in our stations, on our lines and in our depots. Therefore, at the heart of our delivery of progress is a whole life asset management approach. This has led to recent investment in two key areas; communications technology and equipment and enterprise systems. The investment made by Tube Lines is designed to enable full integration of assets, resulting in increased economy and efficiency and a subsequent improvement of the passenger experience on the Underground.