Our History

Steve hasbeen involved with railway operations for over 30 years, never knowingly changing employer but during that time working for British Rail, Railtrack, Network Rail, Railway Safety, and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).  Steve has now ventured outside the formal rail family into the land of the contractor come consultant.  Over the time period of Steve’s career so far, the railway has faced a number of nasty accidents that have resulted in fatalities and major injuries.  The good news though, is that the gap between train accidents is growing longer and according to industry risk models the continuous improvement in safety is progressing well.  We have been in the news for all sorts of reasons, however, fantastically not because of train accidents.

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Steve has suffered from Diabetes Type 2 for a number of years and so tends to become a little sensitive when the condition is used to restrict people’s lives.  The Train Driver Licensing Directive contains requirements that try and mitigate the risk of a train driver becoming incapacitated and restricts access to the European Train Driver Licence for train drivers that suffer from a number of chronic conditions.  One of these conditions is Diabetes which if not properly managed can lead sufferers to become unconscious.  However, if well managed, sufferers can live a normal life with little risk of anything happening to them.  The EU Agency for Rail have agreed that there should be no reason for a train driver to lose their licence if the train driver can demonstrate to a medical doctor that they have their condition well managed.  The Office of Road and Rail have now the task of determining how the Directive will be interpreted with Great Britain – lets hope they use common sense and agree with our friends in Europe.