CHIEF INSPECTOR of Railways Vic Coleman told NCE this week that the HM Railways Inspectorate is seeking a further five field inspectors, bringing the total shortage of railway inspectors within the HMRI to 17.
Last week it emerged that the boom in rail work had resulted in a shortage of approvals inspectors and had forced the HMRI to increase the number of projects it allowed into service without full approval. These will be approved at a later stage.
HMRI currently has 100 staff of which 50% are inspectors. Field inspectors are usually based outside the HMRI's London headquarters and carry out incident investigations. Approvals inspectors are involved in the more technical assessment of new or enhanced schemes.