SAVE THE DATE: NSAR AGM – Friday 6th December 2019 (Members only)

SAVE THE DATE in your diary for the forthcoming NSAR Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place in Stratford, London on the morning of Friday 6th December 2019.

The occasion marks our 9th Annual General Meeting and as an NSAR Member you are entitled to attend the meeting.

A formal notice and the full programme for the day will be sent to you in the near future.

To register your attendance, click here

SAVE THE DATE: NSAR Skills Symposium 2019 – Friday 6th December 2019, London

SAVE THE DATE in your diary for the forthcoming NSAR Skills Symposium taking place in Stratford, London on the afternoon of Friday 6th December 2019.  The symposium will focus on the following themes:​

  • Mental Health
  • The Impact of Brexit
  • The Williams Review
  • Digital and Data


Friday 6th December 2019 

5 Endeavour Square, Stratford London, E20 1JN

To register for this event please click here and complete the registration form.

Further details will be available soon.


NSAR Quality Assurance

Would your business benefit from higher productivity, increased revenues, and enhanced company reputation?

NSAR’s QA team continuously strives for excellence to ensure that high quality, cost effective training is available and being delivered to meet needs of the industry.  Our team is dedicated to ensuring that training provision is of the highest standard.

For more information or to see how our quality assurance team can help you, click here.

Bakerloo line extension: have your say

TFL are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate.

They are also considering a second phase of the extension beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, involving conversion of the National Rail line via Catford to Hayes to London Underground operation. The proposals are part of the commitment by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan and TfL to improve public transport for all Londoners and to help London grow by supporting new homes and jobs.

They would like to know what you think about their proposals. If you would like to have your say click here

NEW vacancy at NSAR

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the rail industry. We offer a range of roles which will undoubtedly assist in contributing to a world-class railway within the UK. We have the following vacancy in our London office: 

Skills Relationship Manager
Location: London
Hours: 40 per week, Monday – Friday
Salary: £40K – £50K depending on the level of experience.
Closing Date:
31st October 2019

To apply or view the full job description click here.

DFT publishes a list of rail enhancements projects

The DfT has published a list of rail enhancement projects in its updated Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP).  It includes schemes at a ‘Decision to Design’ stage as well as some market-ready projects contained within Network Rail’s Enhancements Delivery Plan (EDP).

To download the document click here.

The Future of Rail: Survey Results

A recent survey was undertaken by Rail Technology Magazine (RTM) in collaboration with NCATI (formerly NCHSR) and VolkerRail provided some interesting insights on how the future of the rail industry is perceived:

The findings indicate that organisations can adapt to meet unique challenges and most respondents believe that rail offers a secure career for life.  However, respondents also believe the industry needs to change its approach to attracting and recruiting the next generation of professionals.

To read the full article click here.

It’s Stations Day!

Its Stations Day and NSAR joins the celebrations by promoting the vast range of roles available in rail. Over the next 10 years manpower for the following “station roles” will need to be increased to ensure rail service can be delivered to the highest standard:

  • Customer Service Assistant  19% 
  • Guard 9% 
  • Conductor 16% 
  • Station Management 6% 
  • Station Staff 18% 
  • Commercial Guard 26% 
  • Gateline Staff 14% 

NSAR’s new uses video insights allowing job seekers to find out more about the skills and responsibilities necessary to carry out these  “station roles”. 

Log onto now and find out if any of these station roles can interest you into considering a career in rail.



Fresh insight served at Mental Wealth Café

Read the full update from Liam Henderson, Chair of The Rail Innovation Group & Transporting Cities regarding the first YRP’s first Mental Wealth Café. The initiative was setup by Wendy McCristal from The Mental Wealth Company, aims to bring together individuals from different companies into a safe space to explore the issues that poor mental health are presenting to their industry, business and lives.  NSAR’s Head of Skills Intelligence was present to provide insights on the cost of lost productivity as a result of mental health.

To read the full article click here.

£18.5m boost for National Railway Museum’s expansion plans

Plans for a massive expansion of York’s National Railway Museum – including a new Central Hall across Leeman Road – have been given an £18.5 million boost by the Government.

Museum Director Judith McNicol said the funding was “wonderful news” for the museum and city and an extremely significant milestone in realising its £55 million ‘Vision 2025’ campaign to turn the museum into a truly world-class attraction. She said the 2025 masterplan comprised eight projects including the new Central Hall, extensive landscaping of South Yard, a new collection building at Locomotion in Shildon, redisplaying the museum’s famous Great Hall and creating an engineering-themed Wonderlab Gallery.