The latest scheduled quarterly update to standards and the Rule Book has been published by RSSB. This includes two new standards, three reclassified, four withdrawn and one revised as well as a revised guidance note. There are also 19 changes to the Rule Book, including a new GSM-R handbook.
New Rail Industry Standards retain best practice on control, command and signalling system management; rail vehicle maintenance; testing rail vehicles after incidents; and infrastructure-based train detection systems; replacing Railway Group Standards which were no longer valid or where there was duplication with other requirements.
RSSB has withdrawn a Railway Group Standard on how trams, metro and light rail vehicles are accepted for shared running on the mainline, where suitable processes are already available in law, and in research published by RSSB.
A revised Guidance Note on the Infrastructure Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) has been published to align with the updated TSI which was published in January 2015.
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.