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Carlisle Support Services First FM Business to Join RSSB Affiliate Programme

Carlisle Support Services First FM Business to Join RSSB Affiliate Programme
31 July 2020 | Updated 30 July 2020

Carlisle Support Services has joined the RSSB affiliate scheme, the first FM organisation to do so.

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) is a membership-based rail industry body, committed to improving health, safety, and performance across the railways.

It works to develop standards, setting engineering and operational requirements for safe interworking and to increase efficiency.  They also undertake research and development to enable industry to generate knowledge, technologies, and operational solutions that individual players in the rail system could not pursue in isolation.

Carlisle Support Services has longstanding relationships with several clients within the rail industry including Northern Trains Limited, Greater Anglia, Gemini Rail Group, Arriva Rail London, Merseyrail, West Midlands Railway and TransPennine Express.


RSSB Train Staff

Picture: An image of a member of railway staff walking down the central aisle of a train carriage


Railways Under Pressure


Across the globe, the rail industry faces significant challenges. Growth in passenger and freight traffic tests our railways to achieve and maintain higher performance under pressure. In the years ahead there will be bigger commercial and technological challenges to rail, including the need to increase capacity and customer satisfaction, while simultaneously reducing cost and carbon – all while retaining the right level of safety.

The many different organisations that play a part in the railways are all connected and dependent on one another through legal duties, contracts, procurement, relationships, and operation.

By being part of the RSSB world, Carlisle Support Services hopes to be able to better collaborate organisations within the rail sector, to help shape solutions to issues of concern.

Paul Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Carlisle Support Services commented: “We are thrilled that Carlisle Support Services has become the first provider of FM people-based services to join the RSSB affiliate scheme. We look forward to enhancing our presence within the rail industry and utilising the expertise and collaboration available to deliver a better, safer railway.

“As trusted service partners to many of the UK Train Operating Companies, it is affiliations with influential boards such as RSSB which will ensure we continuously improve upon our service delivery to our employees and clients”

Paul McLaughlin, Engagement Director of RSSB, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Carlisle Support Services as the first Facilities Management company to become an affiliate of RSSB. 

“We look forward to working with them and providing them access to our rich knowledge base and resources to support their goal of providing a clean, safe environment for the travelling public and the employees who work on the railway”

Picture: An image of a member of railway staff walking across a train station concourse

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 31 July 2020


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