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Two steam trains have stood side by side at Whitby station for the first time in 50 years to mark the opening of North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) second platform. NCB worked in partnership with both Network Rail and NYMR to issue the new platform’s safety assessment report.

On Saturday 16th August the North Yorkshire Moors Railway officially opened a reinstated second platform at Whitby Station. This £1.95 million, multidisciplinary project was managed by a NYMR team consisting largely of volunteers, supported by Network Rail and Northern Rail.

The work was significant; it involved alterations to the track layout, signalling changes and the construction of a new platform face. As an added pressure, the project timescales were very tight – aiming to get the platform open and increase passenger services in time for Whitby’s tourist season.

In February 2014, we were contracted to provide an independent safety assessment to ensure the work was compliant with the provisions of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-RA) Regulations.

This was the first time we had contracted our services to an independent railway company running jointly on Network Rail infrastructure and the work involved consideration of the methods and processes of the Safety Management Systems of both Network Rail and NYMR.

Allpartiesfeltagreatsenseofpride working on this special heritage railway project, with successful cooperation between us all allowing the assessment to go smoothly and quickly. Our Safety Assessment Report was issued on 21st

July within the project’s budget and timescales.

Working collaboratively in this way is partandparcelofwhatwedoatNCB and we look forward to tackling more special projects like this in the future.

Report by David Fuller, Principal Infrastructure Conformance Engineer.