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The latest scheduled quarterly update to standards and the Rule Book was published by RSSB last weekend. This includes 12 new or reclassified standards, and 30 withdrawn or replaced documents.

Among the new documents is a suite of updated standards to support heritage vehicles on the mainline network, new standards on wheelsets, supplier assurance, electromagnetic compatibility and vehicle numbering.

There are also new standards covering post-incident testing of rail vehicles, movement of continental wagons, and a new guidance note on the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment.

Amendments and clarifications were issued for two standards, on the size and position of shoe-gear, and on freight wagon design.

Updates to the Rule Book announced in September took effect from 2 December. An amendment to RS523 GSM-R Handbook was published as a point release, and a new line blockage form NR3180 Issue 12-17 has been introduced to replace the separate forms RT3180 and RT3181.

The changes ensure standards and rules are fit for purpose and updated to meet the needs of today’s railway, as well as reflecting industry’s strategy to remove unnecessary duplication.


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