“I have been in railways for five years – I worked in the bus industry before that – and, in some ways, it’s been quite a steep learning curve. During and after Covid, we’ve seen people leave the organisation, so we’ve lost a bit of knowledge, experience and expertise.
“At the same time, we are introducing a new fleet of trains on Merseyrail, plus a modified sub fleet that will be the first battery-operated trains to be used on an underground rail network in the UK. I was involved from an early stage in the design review and operator authorisation process. I am now responsible for the fleet authorisation as the engineering project lead.
“I had already carried out a lot of research, reading and on the job learning around Common Safety Method on Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-RA) and the relevant compatibility requirements. We also had the Assessment Body (AsBo) to lean on as well, to guide us in the right direction. But as the project progressed, I wanted to sense check that I was doing everything right. That was one of the main reasons I attended the course – to ensure everything was carried out correctly, so there were no avoidable delays to the project.
“I was specifically looking for a course that would underpin my knowledge of the legislation that supports CSM-RA for putting trains into use, as well as one that was aligned to my CPD and my current responsibility. Also, post-Brexit, regulations are evolving and we’ve moved from the EU’s Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) to National Technical Specifications Notices (NTSNs.) There isn’t a lot of difference between them at the moment, but understanding any changes to those regulations was another reason to take the course.”