Strategy for StandardsThe industry’s strategy for standards sets the direction for travel for standards and related activities which can be influenced by RSSB. The strategy was approved the RSSB board and endorsed by the Industry Standards Coordination Committee (ISCC). The current strategy for standards provided this direction of travel for CP5 and beyond and aspects of the strategy remain valid now. However, as we are in CP6. the strategy is under review such that it can also address new challenges and opportunities that are have emerged since its publication and are likely to emerge in CP6 and beyond.
Additionally, each standards committee has its own approach in response to the general strategy and including strategic directions for the TSIs. These and other approved strategies can be found under Codes and Strategies in the standards catalogue.
Fourth Railway Package
The 4th Railway Package is a set of six legislative texts. It comprises two 'pillars':
- The 'technical pillar', which was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in April 2016, which includes:
- Regulation (EU) 2016/796 on the European Union Agency for Railways and repealing Regulation (EC) n° 881/2004
- Directive (EU) 2016/797 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (Recast of Directive 2008/57/EC)
- Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety (Recast of Directive 2004/49/EC)
- The 'market pillar', which was adopted in December 2016, which includes:
- Regulation (EU) 2016/2338 amending Regulation (EU) 1370/2007, which deals with the award of public service contracts for domestic passenger transport services by rail ('PSO Regulation')
- Directive 2016/2370/EU amending Directive 2012/34/EU, which deals with the opening of the market of domestic passenger transport services by rail and the governance of the railway infrastructure ('Governance Directive')
- Regulation (EU) 2016/2337 repealing Regulation (EEC) 1192/69 on the normalisation of the accounts of railway undertakings
The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) has published a simple introductory video which provides an overview of the legislative changes. The UK has notified the European Commission that it intends to transpose the recast the relevant Directives into UK law by 16 June 2020.