In May 2014 Serco was awarded the contract to run the Caledonian Sleeper train service between Scotland and London. The Caledonian Sleeper service operates overnight and runs Monday to Friday on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Scotland. The ‘Highland’ train services Aberdeen, Fort William & Inverness and the ‘Lowland’ train services Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In July 2015 NCB was contracted by Serco to assess a new 75 vehicle fleet, comprising of 5 different vehicle types. These 75 vehicles represent the first procurement of new coaching stock in the UK for 30 years and they will be the first to be certified under the Railway (interoperability) Regulations 2011.
NCB will act as a Notified Body and Designated Body to assure that the design and construction of the vehicles meets the technical subsystem requirements of the Technical Specifications for Interoperability – primarily the ‘Rolling Stock - Locomotive and Passenger Rolling Stock’ Commission Regulation (EU) No 1302/2014. NCB will also act as the Assessment Body to review compliance to the Common Safety Methods for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-RA) Commission Regulation (EC) No 402/2013.
On this project we’re working closely with CAF and together we’ve generated an interactive ‘Conformance matrix’ which lists the standards that must be conformed to. This matrix helps both NCB and CAF to identify and record the progress of the project as each design package is submitted and then reviewed.
The project is going well and as it progresses we’re constantly monitoring and adapting to accommodate any changes required by CAF to the design and delivery timescales.
We’ve also worked with CAF to witness the identification of hazards associated with the project and are we’re making good progress with assessing the conformance to the CSM-RA, which will ultimately lead to a Safety Assessment Report (SAR) being issued.
On completion of the conformance assessment we’ll issue the completed Technical File to the client, which they will then submit to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to gain authorisation for the new service in April 2018.