Nottingham Express Transit are celebrating once again after becoming the first tramway in the UK to receive a prestigious international standard. Nottingham Trams Limited, as the operator of NET, have been awarded the catchy sounding ISO 55001:2014 (Assets) certification which it says will enable it to drive further improvements in service reliability.
The certification recognises the successful management of rolling stock, infrastructure, facilities and equipment and is a globally recognised standard.
Paul Robinson, Managing Director, said: “Once again, Nottingham’s tram network is leading the way and to be the first light rail system in the country to achieve this award is a fantastic achievement. It reflects an ongoing commitment across the organisation to delivering the very best service to customers as part of a world class tram network the city can be proud of.”
Neil Cundy, Head of Engineering, added: “Clearly, running a busy tram network is a complex operation involving a huge number of individual pieces of equipment – from trams to ticket machines. By achieving ISO 55001, we’ve demonstrated our ability to gain maximum use from those assets and reduce the risk of disruption due to faults, whilst customers benefit from an even more reliable service.”
ISO 55001 is said to enable businesses to pro-actively manage the lifecycle of their assets from acquisition to decommissioning. For NET it not only covers the care of the trams and associated infrastructure but also other aspects of the network including lineside vegetation, drains, buildings and car parks. The certification supports continued improvement and puts into place structured and efficient management of the risks associated with operation and maintenance.