Tube Lines

Its distribution services division provides a full range of commercial vehicle sourcing and supply services to Tube Lines and other partners in Transport for London.

TL’s Distribution Services has worked with Bott for a number of years, and the two businesses have a strong working relationship. Bott's ability to enhance commercial vehicles with a comprehensive array of in-vehicle storage and workshop equipment and related facilities and ancillaries enables it to fulfil any requirement.

"Reaching a satisfactory conclusion is paramount. We use our expertise to advise our customers and discuss the requirement with Bott. We have lots of previous vehicles to use as examples, and our own team and Bott also come up with new ideas," says Phillip Constable, Head of Distribution Service at Tube Lines.

A recent project involved the supply of enhanced Mercedes Sprinter vans for London Buses to use as emergency response vehicles. These are primarily used to mend broken bus stops, and erect temporary stops during road works or diversions, and for general maintenance. The vans need to be able to carry tools and equipment as well as replacement parts and large structures safely and efficiently. Tube Lines and Bott worked together to agree a specification that included in-vehicle storage and workshop facilities to allow the safe transportation and maintenance of items at potentially thousands of sites around London. Bott then completed the enhancement of the vehicles at its facility in Leicestershire. Around a quarter of all commercial vehicles currently in use by London Buses have been enhanced by Bott.

Another project completed recently involved the provision of mobile site vans with separate rest areas and toilet facilities to support night-time working on London Underground. Maintenance engineers work throughout the night when trains are not running and need the convenience of their own facilities. After a specification had been agreed with Tube Lines and its client, Bott enhanced a number of Ford Transit vans by installing a toilet area with two cubicles accessed through the side door. Bott installed a partition between the areas and also installed ancillary services such as lighting, heating and handwash facilities as part of the enhancement.