Gatwick Family – Assembly Shuttle

Gatwick Family – Assembly Shuttle


My name’s Geoff Audis. This is the South Terminal maintenance area for the shuttle system which is where the shuttle team do all of their nightly maintenance and daytime routine tasks. We’re a team of 12 technicians, all of us on shift working 24 hours a day. Each train has done around 700,000 miles now so 100,000 miles a year for seven years. They take about a minute and a half to two minutes to get from one end to the other and it stays in the station for about a minute So the pressure for us is to keep the system running during our core hours Anything that happens that can stop that we can minimise it by locking things off and waiting till our maintenance periods – to get at them to try and fix them. If we don’t keep on top of our work schedule, the worst thing is the safety part of the system is affected so we must keep on top of our maintenance in order to keep it as safe as possible for the passengers It affects everything really so we just have to keep on top of everything and try and think ahead to what the next problem could be or the next thing we can do to stop problems occurring in the first place This is where all the work goes on. So if you hear a disco at night, we’re doing some hard work!

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