The Station Stewardship Measure (SSM) is the regulatory measure that Network Rail uses to report the asset condition of rail stations to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) in the UK. The SSM measures the asset condition of a station’s building fabric and building services (including canopies, platforms and lighting).
In light of the proposed transfer of responsibility for station repairs and renewals to the franchisee as part of rail route refranchising, the ORR have appointed Faithful+Gould as an independent consultancy to support the phased review and development of SSM to provide an enhanced measure.
In collaboration with a representative sample of rail industry professionals, Faithful+Gould is reviewing and reporting on a series of recommendations and improvements both to the current SSM and possible future wider station measures for the next 'testing & trialling' phases.
Faithful+Gould has added value by building on its knowledge of the asset data structure for stations through our previous work on the SSM for the Department for Transport; our work on the Buildings M&E Policy for Network Rail and the new Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement for Maintenance Costing.