Part II. Partnering in a railway infrastructure maintenance contract: a case study

Ulla Espling (Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden)
Ulf Olsson (Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden and also in the Consulting Division, Swedish Rail Administration, Luleå, Sweden)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Publication date: 1 December 2004


In 2000, the concept of partnering was introduced as a pilot project in an in‐house contract for operation and maintenance of railway infrastructure. A facilitator introduced the client, the Swedish National Rail Administration (Banverket), and the in‐house contractor, Banverket Produktion in partnering procedures before a contract was finalised. A contract with a target cost combined with incentives was negotiated. The partnering process was started by forming a team consisting of key personnel from the client and contractor. A charter containing mutual objectives was developed. Expected targets from the partnering process were achieved during 2001 and Banverket has decided to continue with the partnering process during the current year 2002 and expects to improve upon results to date. This paper presents the experiences from the implementation of partnering process to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance processes in order to enhance railway network efficiency in Sweden.



Espling, U. and Olsson, U. (2004), "Part II. Partnering in a railway infrastructure maintenance contract: a case study", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 248-253.

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