The publishing of BS9992 fills that gap and documents the UK rail industry’s Best Practice, providing a formal source of expertise gained by various people over many years. This will ensure that learning is carried forward and guidance provided to those who start work on similar projects in future, helping them avoid pitfalls others have already experienced and learned from. Jim Holland was very keen that BS9992 included, for example, the lessons learned during the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. This project involved both a construction site, where an existing station was undergoing extensive modification, and also an operational site which needed to keep trains running safely for paying train-travellers.
This Standard will be used internationally, with it and NFPA130 becoming the main rail standards globally. Some countries have smaller rail standards but BS9992 and NFPA130 are the most in-depth in terms of ensuring that best practice and learning from other projects is captured and carried forward.
It probably goes without saying, therefore, that writing a British Standard is not an easy task, with the writing of BS9992 taking a couple of years. Sections of the Standard were allocated to different members of the committee, in accordance with each member’s expertise, and the LFB were involved from very early on, including their representative on the National Fire Chiefs Council. All committee members were in full-time employment so their commitments to the BSI had to be met and so did their commitments to their employers. It helped enormously that they all already knew each other and their backgrounds, so respected each other even before starting. Perhaps even better than that is the fact that they are all at the pinnacle of their careers and willing to invest considerable time to make a significant contribution to improving the future of the rail industry.