We had a really successful workshop in Manchester with the north rail delivery team last Friday (17 April).
The day was a really good opportunity for everyone to get together to talk about making the service to Network Rail better, and for our new operations administrator Kimberley McGinty to meet the team she’s been working with since she started in January.
We had a very interesting presentation from Ray Dunne of Network Rail about changes to the Sentinel cards and the new Sentinel app, which will help people to clock in and will carry training certificates. Simon Ellis from IAM Drive & Survive gave a presentation on driving awareness.
We talked about paperwork – not very exciting, I know, but important. Everyone in the teams has responded really well to the new In-car-cleverness tracker system which is making driving safer. Alan Axon and Paul Gregory were given VGC jackets for the Best Driver Award: they are the safest drivers in the north of England based on the new tracker system – congratulations to them!
We discussed lessons learned from close calls, and ways to improve fault and close call reporting to make it easier for us to keep getting safer. Stuart Riley won a safety award for excellent planning of safety critical works which were outside the normal parameters of the rail delivery fleet operations.
We also talked about the new insulated measuring wheel which has been developed as a direct result of comments from the rail delivery teams.
Simon Clamp introduced a new presentation which contained details of Network Rail’s new rail delivery and rail recovery train (RDRT for short), the latest addition to the fleet. It can deliver and recover; to start with it’ll be used for recovery to help reduce the large amount of scrap currently littering the infrastructure. There will be three sets which will be operated out of the three main materials handling depots. The train will be loaded by dedicated teams out on site and will then be off-loaded by the depots’ own staff. We are working on a training plan for the teams to ensure everyone is multi-skilled for flexibility.
Thanks to the team from the Pinewood on Wilmslow Best Western hotel for their help – and the great buffet lunch.