Reliability - the Dominant Railway Performance Issue of the Next Decade



Reliability - the Dominant Railway Performance Issue of the Next Decade

Authors

STEINMETZ W R and ASHMORE D O, Railway Technology Strategy Centre, UK

Description

This paper asks how important is reliab'flity to customers and operators and what can be done to ensure its implementation under the present industry structure. The paper defines the elements of reliability and shows how they are related and poses the que

Abstract

This paper asks how important is reliab'flity to customers and operators and what can be done to ensure its implementation under the present industry structure. The paper defines the elements of reliability and shows how they are related and poses the question: why is reliability not already a primary performance measure. Two main reasons are suggested. The paper examines how important surveys have actually shown reliability to be to customers and how well the railway industry has performed in recent years. It demonstrates reliab'dity within an overall performance paradigm, and explains how engineering reliability into the overall objectives could actually occur. It concludes with a case study, to illustrate much of the previous theory and highlight potential obstacles and the authors' suggestions.

Publisher

Association for European Transport