Revising railway safety regulations


Revising railway safety regulations

06 Aug 2014

Consultation by Office of Rail Regulation on review of existing railway safety regulations which would be replaced by new regulations. The regulations being reviewed are the Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997, Railway Safety Regulations 1999 and Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001. This review is part of the Government's 'Red Tape Challenge' to reduce unnecessary secondary legislation.

Full details here.

Closing date - 2nd September 2014

We are consulting on our proposals to revoke these three sets of regulations and replace them with a new set of regulations. These new regulations would:

  • keep the prohibition on the operation of trains without having a train protection system for that train and railway;
  • introduce a new requirement to have a management system for the train protection system to ensure safe performance;
  • retain the prohibition on the operation of Mark 1 rolling stock unless certain modifications have been made to improve crashworthiness;
  • retain the obligation to provide a means of communication with the train driver or conductor for use by passengers in an emergency; and
  • remove duties or prohibitions that are covered by other more recent regulations, superseded or are out of date.

We are also consulting on our proposal to introduce flexibility to the current arrangements for the allocation of health and safety functions for railways.