The national rail network consists of a staggering 20,000 miles of track, carrying some 1.7bn passengers to destinations across the UK every year. Imagine the amount of upkeep needed to keep trackside conditions safe, and the vast number of personnel, contractors and sub-contractors working day and night to keep the lines clear and running. Everything from infrastructure maintenance to the control of invasive plant species requires careful and considered management.
Network Rail owns and operates England’s railway infrastructure, but relies heavily on the skills of other businesses to stay on track without lengthy passenger delays.
These businesses have an obligation to uphold the strict safety standards of Network Rail and, at the same time, Network Rail has its own responsibilities to keep external contractors safe. The role of a railway consultant is about much more than simply acting as an intermediary between contractor and client, or helping in the submission of tenders.
Lakewood Management Services draws on 50 years of civil engineering experience to guide contractors in matters of health and safety. Using risk-based perspectives, consultants help service providers to reinforce their business credentials, increase their chances of having tenders accepted and maximise their returns.
Another responsibility of a railway consultant is to assist contractors in the completion of the Achilles questionnaire, a tool that gathers information about companies, verifies their qualifications and clarifies that service providers can complete the work they claim to do in a safe, professional and compliant manner.
With a rail familiarisation training package consisting of 100 basic and original principles, the railway consultants at Lakewood Management Services benefit organisations of any size by liaising with all parties to ensure compliance standards before, during and after the project.