Network Rail and LNER open their emergency response training to the rail industry

Network Rail and LNER open their emergency response training to the rail industry

Network Rail has opened the Incident Command Training which takes place at York Railway Operation Centre to the wider rail industry.

The bespoke training programme allows teams to better practice their response. Making use of disused rail carriages, the programme is designed to better facilitate possible train evacuations, disruptive incidents and improve general response management.

The programme is a joint partnership between LNER and Network Rail and has been used by both teams for a wide range of scenarios in the last six months including fatalities, dewirements and evacuations.

However, in order to widen understanding and improve best practice in the industry, the collaboration is now available to other train and freight operating companies as well as the British Transport Police and emergency services.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Training is so important in this industry so that we can provide an effective response to incidents and emergency situations.

“These carriages allow us to simulate real-life scenarios, meaning that rail industry partners have the opportunity to practice hands-on emergency response training.

This is good news for our passengers, as it will allow us to develop ways to improve response management, meaning we can quickly get passengers moving again following an incident.”

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