RSSB Newsletter April


BY admin / ON Mar 04, 2019

We have captured the key learning points about safety at level crossings, on behalf of the Level Crossings Strategy Group. The digest documents and shares lessons learnt from past incidents, so that these errors are not repeated. You can access the digest here.

Right Track now available!

The latest issue of Right Track, the safety magazine for operations staff, is now available for RSSB members on Opsweb.

SPAD and TPWS monthly reports

Login to Opsweb to access our monthly update on signals passed at danger(SPADs).

Periodic safety performance report

Login to Opsweb to keep up to date with the latest safety trends on the network.

Rail Incident News

Rail accidents from around the world, updated monthly. You will need to login to Opsweb to access it (RSSB members only).

Rail investigations

Access summaries of investigation reports, with lessons that could be applied across the industry.

Well-being Champion Toolbox

The Well-being Champion Toolbox is designed to help rail companies support the health and well-being of their employees. It provides guidance on establishing a well-being champion project, with tips and templates explaining how to set up a support network by recruiting well-being champions from within the business. Download the toolbox.

Sustainability seminars

In January, we ran our first of four sustainability seminars, with this one focussing on how rail can better measure its societal value through using the Common Social Impact Framework (CSIF). We have two new social value case studies in our library, showcasing how the CSIF has been used in practice, and an apprenticeship success story. If you have any case studies you’d like published, or would like to attend our future seminars please get in touch with our sustainability team.

Evaluating social impact

Our Senior Sustainable Development Specialist, Lucie Anderton, has teamed up with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to discuss the importance of valuation of social impacts in an article in the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment magazine. Read the article.

Brexit update

In the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29 March, there will need to be alternative UK-specific arrangements to replace the EU Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs). These will take the form of National Technical Specification Notices (NTSN). We’ve been working closely with the DfT, and we’re now publishing draft versions of the NTSNs for consultation. Find out more.

Railway legislation news

Access our collection of intelligence in railway legislation and consultations.

Updates to Standards

Our next Standards update will be live on 2 March. We will publish two updates, taking into account developments in technology and operating practice. These are:

* RIS-3776-TOM Issue 2 Rail Industry Standard on Control of Mobile Communication Equipment Use in Driving Cabs
* GMGN2607 Issue 2 Rail Industry Guidance Note – Hauling Unbraked Fixed Formations in Freight Trains
The updates standards will be available from 2 March 2019.

Help improve the RSSB website

We are reviewing the structure of our website to make it easier for you to access our content and see our value. During April 2019, we will be conducting usability testing on some of our key webpages. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with the RSSB.

Rail Safety Review

Drawing from the railways’ collective knowledge, the RSR aims to link incidents and learning to Safety Management System arrangements. Login to Opsweb to find out more.

Precursor indicator model (PIM) update

You will need to login to the members’ area of Rail Risk Portal to access it

Industry Committees

The Standards Committees, System Interface Committees and their sub groups produce meeting messages to improve transparency. Download the latest meeting messages.

2018 Standards Activities Report

We’ve put together information on all the key activities from our Standards Committees in 2018. Read the report.

Standards Committees and System Interface Committees

We’ve collected the top messages from all the SC and SIC meetings in January 2019. Read the top messages.

Risk & Safety Intelligence Programme Advisory Group

R&IPAG met on 16 January 2019. Read the top five key messages.

Heritage Trains Risk Group

HTRG met on 29 January 2019. Read the top five key messages.

Trespass Risk Group

TRG met on 7 February 2019. Read the top five key messages.

Dates for your diary

RSSB hosts events throughout the year, giving members an opportunity to network and discuss a range of industry-wide issues.

26 March 2019: RSSB and The University of Sheffield’s strategic partnership: Inaugural Lecture

RSSB and The University of Sheffield are pleased to host a drinks reception and inaugural lecture by Prof. Roger Lewis to launch a newly established RSSB / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair on tribology science at the wheel/rail interface. Find out more and register.

27 March 2019: Change Making for Sustainability in Rail

RSSB members are invited to the second in a series of sustainability seminars for 2019. Designed for staff working in sustainable development (including environment, energy, safety and social aspect), you will get involved in interactive exercises and be introduced to tools to help develop a personal plan for effective positive change. Find out more and register.

27 March (Sheffield) and 3 April (Cardiff): Using Data to Inform Better Low Adhesion Management

Our speakers will disseminate the findings of two projects undertaken on the Cross-City line, Birmingham: driver behaviour in different adhesion conditions; and changes in train braking performance due to railhead treatments in the operational environment. These events, which will be duplicated, will allow attendees to discuss the work we’re doing as part of the ADHERE programme. Find out more and register.

28 March 2019: Annual RISQS Conference

Join us at this exciting forum for buyers and suppliers to discuss how both can use the contracting process more effectively. As well as networking opportunities, the event features presentations from major buyers outlining their view of the contracting landscape in CP6, and what makes a successful tender. Request to be added to the waiting

4 April 2019: Enabling Better Network Performance through Data

Our London conference will launch the cross-industry PERFORM research programme, sharing findings from research from the ‘Data Sandbox’ projects, which applied data science to predict reactionary delay and improve dwell time. There will be an engaging mix of exhibitions debates, presentations and discussions on how data can improve network performance. Register your place, or get in touch to find out more Giulia.Lorenzini@RSSB.CO.UK

Standards committee membership

RSSB manages six standards committees on behalf of industry:

Control Command and Signalling




Rolling Stock

Train Operations Management

These are overseen by the Industry Standards Coordination Committee. If your company is a member of RSSB and you would like to join one of the standards committees, please see the relevant page to see if there are any vacancies. For more information, please contact Gareth Mayne at

Standards Committee submission deadlines

Access our calendar of Standards Committee meetings and the deadlines for submitting deviations and proposals.


Need to deviate from a standard? See our guidance to apply for deviations, and view the deviations register.


View our proposals register, and guidance on how suggest a change to a standard.

Take part in consultations

Login to the Consultation Stakeholder Register to have your say in the creation and update of shared industry standards.

Solve your business challenges with our research and innovation solutions

Contact our R&I Account Manager to find out how we can match your challenges to R&I solutions, identifying missed opportunities and benefiting from research that others in the industry are already capitalising on.

Knowledge Services

RSSB has a team of people with expertise in gathering, structuring and analysing both qualitative and quantitative information. If you would like us to find out information of relevance to the GB rail industry, please contact us.

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for the ARIOPS 2021 Online Conference and AGM.