Decades of best practice in signal sighting assessment have been reviewed and captured in a new Rail Industry Standard published in June.
Signal sighting assessment is used by the rail industry to confirm that train operators can reliably read, interpret and respond to signals and indicators. If drivers can't read signals, the likelihood of a signal passed at danger and a train accident are higher.
The new standard is aimed at signalling engineers and provides an update to the existing requirements for signal sighting assessment, all distilled into an effective working manual for signal sighting committees.
This will help companies in a range of situations such as when a new signal is put into use, but also any other change which could affect sighting of existing signals including changes to the infrastructure, installing overhead electrification, or using different types of rolling stock.
The industry-agreed process for signal sighting assessment can also help companies act on feedback about poor sighting from train drivers, as well as investigation findings and recommendations.
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