Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Life at the sharp end: A maintainers view

29 October 2012

Nottingham Express Transit (NET) Line 1, currently the UK’s newest light rail system opened in 2004, and was until recently, the UK's most modern light rail system. Work has recently commenced on the construction of NET Phase 2 which will see the introduction of two new lines and a completely different vehicle onto the system, posing further challenges for designers and maintainers. Whilst work is now underway on the construction of two new lines, the existing system is starting to show signs of age.

The presentation considers life at the sharp end, demonstrating the challenges posed in maintaining and operating an existing highly successful tramway operation, the integration of new lines and vehicles and the further challenges that this will bring. Examples of whole-life asset management theories and principles and practices have been established for NET Line 1 and developed to ensure that the success of the tramway continues for years to come.

Presented by Tim Moss, Engineering Manager, Nottingham Tram

Tim graduated in 2007 from Aston University, Birmingham with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering which included a work placement with Stagecoach in Warwickshire. Following graduation, he worked for National Express in Birmingham on their Engineering Management programme before finding alternative employment as Maintenance Engineer on NET Line 1 in 2008, since progressing to the role of Engineering Manager in April 2012. Tim has recently completed a Masters degree in Maintenance Engineering & Asset Management, at the University of Manchester and is expected to gain Chartered Engineer status in early 2013.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Sian Clayton on +44 (0)20 7973 1245 email



: Tim Moss, Nottingham Tram

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes