While the DLR had an excellent record of reliability for its trains, unfortunately
the same could not have been said about its lifts: the ‘stock’ was old beyond its
years, due to its environment and the abuse inflicted on it.
The Client had made the decision to replace all the controllers with new prior to
our appointment and these had already been bought, together with 15 lift cars and
other components, not the usual order of events but appropriate in the circumstances.
Rather than work out what was needed, our first task was to establish what exactly
had been bought — did a ‘lift car' include the toeguard, did the doors include the
Surveys of the stations allowed us to assess the nature of the problem, and the level
of compliance with current health and safety and disabled use standards (even though
transportation was excluded from the DDA, we recommended full compliance with its
requirements because of the effect on passengers of not doing so). This, with our
understanding of what had been ordered, enabled us to write a suitable works specification,
covering the effects of the elements and vandalism on these exposed lifts, usability
by the disabled, and compliance with health and safety standards.
The result is a reliable and resilient means of transport for thousands of passengers