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    Vehicle / Structures System Interface Committee

    The Vehicle/Structures SIC (V/S SIC) was established to provide the focus for the interface between vehicles and the fixed infrastructure in the areas of physical clearance (gauging) and vehicle loading (route availability).

    Scope

    The scope of the V/S SIC is defined in its remit and aims to:

    • Establish the committee as a recognised industry stakeholder/client group for the review and development of vehicle to structure interaction strategies, statutory requirements, standards and business processes at European and national level and the promotion of their implementation
    • Support and inform the development, management, maintenance and publication of infrastructure gauging and loading capability information, associated vehicle characteristics and the requirements for ensuring compatibility
    • Support the development of a credible and sustainable future gauge and loading capability across the national rail network, which optimises the needs of customers and funders
    • Support and develop classification methods (such as gauging, loading) that simplify access to the national rail network
    • Support and develop appropriate techniques for optimising the vehicle/structure interface
    • Support and inform the industry’s Rail Technical Strategy
    • Act as principal client for the RSSB infrastructure research topic group on vehicle/structure interface issues.

    The V/S SIC is currently focussing on:

    • Revision of lower sector gauge
    • Standardisation and retention of vehicle gauging data
    • Development of new standard vehicle gauges for locomotives and for suburban vehicles
    • Every year the SIC provides an annual report on its activities to the Technical Strategy Leadership Group.

    Message from the chair

    V/S SIC is responsible for the space between trains, the infrastructure and other trains.  In effect, we make sure that there is enough space for trains to pass safely, but also that this space is used optimally and efficiently.  Our work can support electrification, provide additional freight capacity and capability, create safer stepping for passengers boarding and leaving trains, and enable larger trains to run. 

    Membership

    The group's membership is made up of the following industry categories:

    • passenger train operators
    • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
    • freight and other non-passenger train operators
    • infrastructure managers and owners
    • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
    • RSSB
    • Department for Transport
    • Office of Rail and Road.
    Chair of committee: David Johnson , DGauge Ltd
    RSSB main representative: Martin Osman , Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    Other Members
    Company
    Representing
    Other members
    Mick Bentley
    DB Cargo International Limited
    Non Passenger Train Operator
    Mark Ward
    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
    Infrastructure Manager
    David Polhill
    Rail Delivery Group
    Train Operating Company
    Cencen Gong
    SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
    Suppliers
    Alex Hastie
    Bombardier Transportation UK Limited
    Suppliers
    David Johnson
    DGauge Ltd
    Chair
    Laurence Jary
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    Ian Glover
    Freightliner Limited
    Non Passenger Train Operator
    Mark Molyneux
    Rail Delivery Group
    Train Operating Company
    Martin Osman
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    George Davidson
    Transport Scotland
    Industry Association
    David Buckley
    Balfour Beatty Rail Limited
    Suppliers
    Matthew Prosser
    Angel Trains Ltd
    Rolling Stock Owner
    Neil Barker
    Balfour Beatty Rail Limited
    Infrastructure Contractor
    Ellyn Freitas Camacho
    London & South Eastern Railway Ltd
    Passenger Train Operating Company
    Robert Lacey
    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
    Infrastructure Manager
    Andrew Hicks
    Angel Trains Ltd
    Rolling Stock Owner
    Tim Sterry
    High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
    Passenger Train Operating Company
    Jenny Irish
    SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
    Suppliers
    Tim Fuller
    TEF Gauging
    Independent
    Dermot Kelly
    Office of Rail and Road
    Observer
    Paul Gray
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    Adrian Humphreys
    Office of Rail and Road
    Observer
    David Geering
    Harsco Rail Ltd
    Infrastructure Contractor
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