Supplementary note by GNER (REN 35A)
When I appeared before the Transport Sub-committee
on Wednesday 19 June I was asked two questions on which I said
I would respond. The first concerned the issue of driver training.
The HMRI has audited GNER's Driver Training requirements. The
HMRI carried out a national "Inspection of Driver Management"
as part of their "Key Inspection Topic" process. This
started in July 2000 and the total programme will last three years.
GNER was inspected in January 2001 and we received an inspection
report in April 2001. In addition, the HSE published a Summary
of the inspection findings in December 2001 for the 13 operators
inspected at that time.
The Inspection covered all aspects of Driver
Management, from initial selection through to on going competence
On Driver Training, the report made 16 "assessment
comments" all of which have been actioned by GNER. There
was nothing in HMRI's report that gave cause for concern to GNER
but did point out things that we could improve on and we have
initiated these improvements.
The second area where I was asked a question
by the Committee, was on the basis of the number of drivers that
GNER has recruited since the start of the franchise. To date we
have recruited 144 drivers of which 31 are totally new to the
industry and have been trained by GNER. The other principal areas
where drivers have been recruited has been 39 from Arriva Trains
Northern made up of:
The other areas from where we have recruited a number of
drivers have been 28 from EWS and 11 from Scotrail. All other
drivers have come in small numbers from other TOCs around the
If there are any other queries on this please do not hesitate
to contact me.
27 June 2002