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The president of Bombardier Transportation for France and Benelux, Mr Laurent Bouyer, visited Bombardier’s plant in Bruges, Belgium, on April 15 as work resumed after almost a month since the shutdown.
Bombardier also restarted train production at Derby, Britain, and heavy maintenance at Ilford, London, from April 14, and partially resumed work at Crewe from April 15.
Talgo restarted work at its Las Matas 2 factory near Madrid on April 13 and its Rivabellosa facility in northern Spain on April 14. The manufacturer is requiring all of its staff and contractors to possess face masks, the use of which is mandatory when working within two metres of another person.
CAF confirmed to IRJ that it plans to gradually resume work at its Spanish facilities from April 20, with the aim of having 100% activity within a week of reopening.
The company says it has drawn up a strict plan to comply with protocols and security measures, with the fundamental objective of preserving the health of its workers.
Stadler says it has resumed rail vehicle manufacturing at its factory in Valencia, Spain, which had been put on hold. The company says its other plants have largely been able to continue production through the pandemic.
“To protect our staff, we follow the guidance provided by the respective local authorities,” Stadler told IRJ. “We have introduced various protective measures, including a time-staggered approach in certain areas of production to reduce the number of people who are present at the same time.”
Alstom told IRJ it was seeing a different rate of resumption of work at its sites around the world, according to the state of the pandemic in each area, the conditions or guidelines set out by authorities, the type of work, and the measures necessary to ensure the protection of workers.
In Europe, where Alstom has a number of major sites, production has partially resumed in some countries such as Spain this week, or will do so in Poland and Germany in the next few days. Each site is adopting special adapted working conditions.
Italy, which has been hit particularly hard by the virus, is a notable exception with a resumption date yet to be set.
“In all places where industrial activities are progressively returning, Alstom ensures full compliance with protective measures defined by authorities, including the distance between individuals, systematic disinfection of workstations, the availability of sanitary products and protection equipment such as hydroalcoholic gels and masks,” Alstom says. “In some locations, measures include organisational readjustments in the workshops and shift changes.”
In France, each site has carried out an analysis of operations on a shift-by-shift basis, reviewed work organisation such as flows and schedules and the layout of common areas, and defined specific procedures for cleaning common areas and tools.
The combination of these actions has made it possible to gradually reopen industrial activities in recent days, although some employees continue to work from home.
Alstom is aiming to achieve a 50% recovery in France by April 20, before gradually ramping up by the end of April or the first few weeks of May.
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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