Network Rail has announced that it is reviewing and amending its standards, practices and approach to risk management governing how it works with other organisations wishing to build on or near the railway.
The overhaul is expected to benefit piling operations on or close to rail lines and Network Rail has said that the review will improve and streamline working practices to create a more consistent and less bureaucratic approach.
The Open for Business programme has been developed in response to the Hansford Review and aims to open up Network Rail up to new ideas from the supply chain that bring value for money and innovation.
Network Rail said in a statement: “We are officially Europe’s safest railway, it falls to the asset protection and optimisation (ASPRO) teams to make sure any work on or near the railway is done safely and to the right standards. Yet these standards and practices can sometimes mean it is difficult for third parties to deliver railway projects. Recognising this, we are implementing a number of reforms to the way their ASPRO organisation works, which will break down barriers and make it easier for other organisations to invest in and build on the railway.”
A national ASPRO framework has been produced and is in the process of being rolled out across the business. This will support in driving a consistent and transparent approach for third parties working with Network Rail, meaning there will be clearly defined processes, working practices, responsibilities and contacts right across the business.
All ASPRO teams must be compliant with the new framework by September this year.