The ‘Standards Challenge’ Chris refers to was an idea that a process could be set up, run by Network Rail and in partnership with the industry, to challenge standards the sector thought needed to be amended.
“Someone from Network Rail came and spoke to the Group. RIA’s Technical Director David Clarke was facilitating it, and in a way, David encouraged us to say: ‘well if something’s not right with standards, you’ve got to go for it’.”
The Standards Challenge
Following the event, RIA worked with Network Rail to set up the Standards Challenge. The principle was simple - suppliers could submit an application to change a standard where they considered it to be “incorrect, not enable the application of best practice, or drive increased cost without comparable benefit.”, as the Network Rail website says. Network Rail would then review whether there was reason to change it.