Standards help make a better, safer railway. Agreed by the industry, standards are developed and maintained by RSSB. They may be mandatory or optional, depending on type; and describe a common way of working for all railway undertakings in areas where they apply

  • Railway Group Standards: contain National Rules, which are imposed by law.
  • Rail Industry Standards: are optional, but where adopted must be used in full.
  • Guidance Notes:
    • Company specific briefings, communications and training support are available for all RGSs, RISs and GNs.

RGSs, RISs and GNs cover six specific areas: Control, Command and Signalling; Energy; Infrastructure; Plant; Rolling Stock and Vehicles; and Train Operations Management.

Research & Development

The government-funded, cross-industry R&D programme covers subjects that would be of benefit to the whole, or a large part of, the industry. Issues that would not be commercially viable for one company to investigate.

The research & development programme scope includes engineering, operations and management topics that aim to deliver reductions to industry cost and carbon footprint, increases in capacity and customer satisfaction, and improvements to safety management.

  • SPARK: a knowledge sharing hub where the rail industry and other contributors can find and share information on research and innovation.

Training opportunities

Keeping you informed

We produce regular information bulletins around the work we are doing to help deliver a better, safer railway.

  • Level Crossing Digest: industry’s corporate memory for level crossing development and risk mitigation.
  • Railway Legislation News: a web page with news and updates on emerging and evolving railway legislation and standards.

Human factors support

If you manage performance issues among your staff, RSSB’s human factors team can help. The RSSB team has many years’ experience in the rail industry and a broad range of supporting resources to address your high priority issues.


  • Non-Technical Skills Forums and Conferences: ongoing support for participants from Train-the-Trainer courses.
  • Health and Wellbeing Conference

For more information on any of these events, please contact us.