Scope

The functions and responsibilities of NOI TSI/NTSN MG are to work with RSSB to make recommendations to RST SC with regards to:

  • Proposals to change NTSNs and TSIs, including the implications of NTSN and TSI changes on national technical rules.
  • Comments on NTSNs and TSIs to be channelled the GB sector representative to influence TSI development and RSSB as the organisation managing NTSN changes.
  • Whether to align or diverge NTSN requirements from TSI requirements, aligning with relevant strategies approved by RST SC, wider sector strategies and government policy.
  • The need to develop GB specific cases in the NTSN and associated national technical rules, and make recommendations to RST SC.
  • NTSN changes drafted by RSSB and associated analysis developed by RSSB.
  • Interim or permanent solutions to address relevant NTSN challenges and issues, and how to codify them in the NTSN issues log.

Where necessary and required, the WAG TSI/NTSN MG consults with other TSI/NTSN mirror groups, predominantly the LOC/PAS TSI/NTSN MG and NOI TSI/NTSN MG, and other industry groups on related interface matters to ensure consistency between subsystems.

Message from the Chair

The WAG TSI/NTSN MG was established when RST SC decided to delegate responsibility for monitoring the WAG TSI and considering the resultant changes required in the WAG NTSN. Rail freight has been identified as a key enabler to support Great Britain’s decarbonisation goals, and the WAG NTSN is the foundation on which standards for freight wagons rest. It’s therefore of vital importance that this both incorporates best practice and provides the flexibility that the rail freight industry needs to be able to continue to serve its customers efficiently and effectively, and the role of this group is to ensure this is the case.

Membership

The composition of the NOI TSI/NTSN MG may consist of representation from:

  • Non-passenger train operators
  • Infrastructure managers and owners
  • Rolling stock owners and leasing companies
  • Infrastructure contractors
  • Suppliers, including entities in charge of maintenance (ECMs), and rolling stock manufacturers
  • Passenger train operators (optional)
  • Department for Transport (as observers)
  • Office of Rail and Road (as observers).

Current members of the mirror group are as follows:

Committee members

Name Company Representing Status
Adam Taylor GB Railfreight Limited Freight company Member
Alan Aiken Wabtec Corporation Suppliers Member
Alan Lee Devon and Cornwall Railways Limited ECM Member
Av Collaco Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Managers Member
Dan Hamm RSSB Independent Chair
David Barney Victa Railfreight Limited Non-passenger train operators Member
David Brown Assenta Rail ECM Member
Edward Farrance Plasmor UK ECM Member
Gareth Houghton Colas Rail Limited Non-passenger train operators Member
Guy Peasley GB Railfreight Non-passenger train operators Member
Ian Beattie Direct Rail Services Limited Non-passenger train operators Member
James Ambrose Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Managers Member
James Carr Direct Rail Services Limited Non-passenger train operators Member
John Stupple Channel Commercials PLC ECM Member
Kowalski Michal Touax ECM Member
Les Bryant Davis Wagon Services Limited ECM Member
Liesel von Metz Devon and Cornwall Railways Limited ECM Alternate
Neil Halliday RSSB RSSB Member
Nigel Day VTG Rail UK Limited ECM Member
Nigel Green Nigel Green Consultants ECM Alternate
Phil Hibberd RSSB RSSB Observer
Phil Sharpe TUV Rheinland Certification Bodies Member
Richard Allen Ermewa SA ECM Member
Sebastian Southcombe Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Managers Member
Simon Cressey DB Cargo (UK) Limited ECM Member
Stephen Taylor Rail Wagon Association Private Wagon Federation Member
Steve Rhymes Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Managers Observer
Tim Gabb Freightliner :Limited ECM Member
Tom Scaramuzza Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Managers Observer