At VGC we acknowledge our duty to ensure that staff are not subjected to excessive hours of work.

We comply with legislation, Network Rail and London Underground standards, but more importantly we care about the wellbeing of our workforce.

We have systems to monitor working hours and alert us when these may be excessive. Our induction process and toolbox talks share information about working hours with all our people.

No-one is to do any work without prior risk assessments and authorisation.

Network Rail:

No one is to work

  • more than 12 hours per turn of duty, and no more than 14 hours including travelling time
  • more than 72 hours in one week (seven days)
  • more than 13 turns of duty in any 14 day period

No-one may have fewer than 12 hours between turns of duty.

London Underground:

  • No-one may work more than six shifts or 72 hours in any seven consecutive days. (The seventh day is measured as at least 24 hours.)
  • Also, you may not work more than 12 shifts within any 14 consecutive days. (Days 13 and 14 are measured as at least 24 hours each.) In any 14 day period, you must have at least two rest periods of at least 24 hours.
  • No shift may be more than 12 hours – or 14 hours including travelling time. For some tasks, this time period may be shorter.
  • You must have at least 11 hours’ rest between any two shifts, and at least 12 hours’ rest before any UI training course.
  • For people working on signal and control systems, the hours worked must comply with UI standard S&CSE-SQ-DQN0033.

Construction sites

Working hours on non-rail construction sites will be agreed specifically with the client. They will be in line with Network Rail standards.


All drivers will comply with EU and UK regulations.

Exceptional circumstances

We use planning and rostering to reduce risks from fatigue and to make sure we give the best and most efficient service to our clients.

In exceptional circumstances the working hours above may be extended. For example

  • essential emergency engineering works that may affect operational safety and mass disruption to Network Rail or London Underground infrastructure
  • planned engineering works that have over-run, when it is not practical to make alternative arrangements
  • providing emergency services in the case of an incident or fatal accident.

Authority to exceed working hours

Any breach of this policy must be agreed in writing by the company and the client’s representative and be risk assessed in accordance with VGC procedure 4.SQE.GEN.014: fatigue management, and 11.CTM.004 extension of working hours or shift assessment. All exceedances must be reported to HSQE.

This policy will be reviewed at least once a year.

You must tell your manager or supervisor if you consider yourself to be unfit to start work or continue to work because of fatigue, if your fatigue could affect your health or safety or the health or safety of other people.

Laurence Mckidd, managing director
September 2018