Coronavirus Advice

STRATEGIC SUPPLIER MEETING - 15 July 2020

The DfT, BEIS, Network Rail and others are all working hard to provide the right opportunities for rail business to bounce back.

To help with this they provided the links below:


NETWORK RAIL STRATEGIC SUPPLIER MEETING – 13 May 2020

Chaired by Roger Maybury, Director of Supplier Management for Network Rail

Key points:-

Rob McIntosh – Network Rail

  • Thanks to the supply chain for all their support and hard work
  • Train services will start to increase from Mon (18 May)
  • Working with DfT to accelerate projects and hope to have more on this in next two weeks
  • When asked about late notice cancellations and the problems and costs these cause the supply chain RM apologised and said they would try to avoid in the future but this was due to their trying hard to avoid cancellation

Peter James – DfT

  • Accelerated work will probably be through current frameworks, for speed
  • Ministers are very keen to continue to invest in rail

Clive Berrington – Network Rail

  • Working to help companies that are in hardship
  • Trying to accelerate work and notes concern over late cancellations

James Brewer – BEIS

  • They had a very large response to the recent RSG survey
  • They would like feedback for the guidance they put out on adjusting work to account for Covid
  • They have got the message about banks not making the government loans fast enough – just £9bn out of £330bn has been lent so far

Jeremy Hotchkiss – DfT

  • Government focus is moving to a phased re-start of the economy
  • They are planning a phased and managed return to work
  • Guidance has been issued for safer travel
  • There have been some “messaging problems” and we must expect this to be quite dynamic as things develop
  • They are trying to shift demand away from public transport to enable social distancing
  • The 14 day quarantine for overseas arrivals will not be allowed to disrupt the supply chain
  • Longer term they expect things to “go back to something different” and will use the opportunity of change to improve rate of de-carbonisation etc

Rupert Lown – Network Rail

  • They have updated 009 to hopefully provide greater clarity
  • Use of masks and visors will continue for sub 2m separated working but should only be for short durations – they are considering for station staff use
  • There are lots of resources on Safety Central to help staff with mental health and stress problems

SME GROUP WEBINAR WITH

Rail Minister – Chris Heaton-Harris MP

Network Rail

Department for Transport

Department for Business Energy & Industry Strategy

3rd April 2020

Link to notes is HERE



SHOULD RAIL TRAINING CONTINUE? -

THOUGHTS FROM RUPERT LOWN, GROUP HSQE DIRECTOR, NETWORK RAIL - 24/03/20

"I think given the PMs note of last night it sounds pretty tricky to do training now. HOWEVER we are a critical workforce so keeping some training going when social distancing and good hygiene can be achieved should be ok."



UPDATE FROM N RAIL CONCERNING SENTINEL COMPETENCIES - 17 Mar 20

Asked by ARTP for an update on expiring competencies as training and assessments are impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak Network Rail advised:

“We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to discuss. More direction will be forthcoming but we are working on a plan for extending competences as training opportunities decline. Please expect more detailed communication later this week.”


FROM NETWORK RAIL

Following concerns expressed by members we have approached Network Rail to ask for assurance that work volumes for the supply chain are monitored during the current crisis "to ensure there is a healthy supply chain maintained to complete the CP6 targeted improvements when things get back to normal"

They have swiftly responded as follows:

SME concerns are acknowledged.

Network Rail have been closely monitoring and managing the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak since its inception. Our priorities are looking out for each other and doing everything we can to keep the railway running effectively for passengers and freight users.

On Wednesday (4 March) we set up the Strategic Crisis Management Team (SCMT) in Network Rail. The SCMT comprises colleagues from across our organisation who can help us minimise the impacts of Coronavirus, including Dr Richard Peters, our chief medical officer. The SCMT's role is to make sure we have the right contingency plans in place to manage the impact of Coronavirus on the railway, our passengers and our people. It had been operating in shadow for some weeks, but formally putting it into operation is an important step in making sure we are staying on the front foot with our preparedness.

I have cc’d Dal Chatta who shall make the supply chains concerns known to the SCMT.


FROM DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

During these unprecedented times below are links you may find useful. Please share with the supply chain.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

If SMEs/businesses want to speak to someone I’d advise that the business support helpline should be the first port of call: 0300 456 3565.