TfL adopts Network Rail’s ‘passport’ to the railway infrastructure
Posted in Communications
In a significant step towards the vision of ‘One Industry One Card’, Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) have extended the use of Sentinel to London Underground (LU) and its supply chain. Sentinel cards will replace the LU LUCAS smartcard from 1 April 2015, although existing LU LUCAS cards will remain valid for access to TfL infrastructure until they expire.
Sentinel – in its current form – was introduced by Network Rail in June 2013 to improve workforce safety and get everyone home safe every day. The system uses the latest smartcard and database technology to manage and maintain individual workers’ competence, medical records and authority to work. There are currently 96,000 active Sentinel cardholders and this collaboration with TfL extends access to over 33,000 additional rail workers, which will increase over time as other parts of TfL adopt the smartcard.
Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, Head of Professional Development & Training at Network Rail, says “TfL’s use of Sentinel represents a significant milestone; not only will the two largest operators of the rail infrastructure be able to use the same system but Sentinel will also provide the opportunity to share data on double-shifting, fatigue management and competence restrictions.”
TfL Programme Director of Infrastructure, George McInulty, says “We often use the same suppliers as Network Rail so it is sensible and safer to have the same processes and standards wherever we can, so they don’t have to switch between the two. Joining Network Rail in the use of the Sentinel ID card is a fantastic example of where we can come together to make our industry a safer and more joined up place to be.”