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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​RSSB is a not-for-profit company owned by major industry stakeholders. The company is limited by guarantee and is governed by its members and a Board.

RSSB was established in April 2003, implementing one of the core sets of recommendations from Lord Cullen's public inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove accident. RSSBs method of operation is laid down in RSSB’s Constitution Agreement. You can also view copies of the ​Articles of Association which incorporates the Memorandum of Association.

The Constitution Agreement and Articles of Association were approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 8 February 2018, to take effect on 1 April 2018.

A further revision and Member Consultation will be required in 2018 to revise the funding mechanism ahead of Control Period 6.

Member charter

Our formal arrangements for working with you are set out in the Constitution Agreement, which regulates the operation and management of RSSB. Our Member Charter sets out how we wish our relationship to work with you.

Annual Report 2017

RSSB’s Annual Report for 2016/17 highlights the work we done for the industry and some of the successes of the year. Key highlights include;

RSSB Business Plan 2017/18

The RSSB Business Plan sets out what we will deliver this financial year and is themed by the 5 strategic objectives set by the RSSB board. The plan addresses the important needs and priorities identified by members and stakeholders and states how we will deliver support by focusing on the activities which have the potential to drive the biggest improvements across the rail industry.

Annual Review Summary 2016/17

The Annual Review Summary provides a headline overview of RSSB including the work we have already delivered to help improve sustainability, health, safety and standards within the industry. The summary also shows how research and innovation by RSSB is helping support the Rail Technical Strategy.

RSSB members can read theRSSB Annual Report for 2016/17to learn more about the successes of the year.

Mission, vision and strategic objectives

The Company’s primary objective is to support its members (the rail industry) to achieve their objectives of improving safety and performance and value for money across the industry, with a focus on:

  • Reducing safety risk so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Increasing capacity (where appropriate)
  • Improving operating performance and customer satisfaction (where appropriate).

The company will fulfil its Primary Objective through the delivery of functions and services in accordance with the Principles of Operation and as set out in Strategic Business Plan.

The following diagram shows RSSB's mission, vision and 2017-2020 strategic objectives. Click the image to enlarge it.

RSSB's mission, values and strategic objectives


There are six categories of membership:

  • Category A - Passenger train operators
  • Category B - Freight and other non-passenger train operators
  • Category C - Infrastructure managers and owners
  • Category D - Rolling stock owners and leasing companies
  • Category E - Infrastructure contractors
  • Category F - Suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers

You can find more information on the members page.


Our Chairman is Anna Bradley and Chief Executive Officer is Mark Phillips.

More information on the makeup of the Board can be on the Board and Board committees page.​

Board evaluation

The board conducted its first Annual Evaluation in November 2016 following a recommendation from the ORR review. A response detailing how these recommendations have been addressed will be published following the board meeting in May 2017.

Annual Reviews

RSSB was established in April 2003 to provide leadership in the development of long term safety strategy and policy for the railway industry. ​

Reviews of RSSB

2016 ORR review of RSSB

RSSB invited the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to carry out a review of RSSB.

The review took take place in two phases: The first phase examined responses made to recommendations made by the ORR in 2010 and the second phase looked at the RSSB strategy and future direction.

The final and summary reports can be found on the ORR website External link

Past reviews

In February 2005 the Office of the Rail Regulation published Review of Rail Safety and Standards Board: Report about the future of RSSB.

In early 2010 the Board of RSSB asked the Office of Rail Regulation to conduct a review of RSSB. The scope of the review included what RSSB does, how RSSB is governed (including the Board), and how RSSB is funded. The ORR consultation took place between 4 March and 7 May 2010.

On 2 August 2010 the Report on ORR’s review of RSSB was published.

In July 2012 the RSSB Board initiated a Strategic Review of the company to ensure that RSSB has a clear purpose and is fit to support the industry for the five year period from 1 April 2014.

Following a full Member consultation process, the RSSB 5-year Strategic Business Plan 2014-2019 was unanimously approved by the Board on 9 January 2014. This has been superseded following the Future Fit programme following the ORR review and members consultation process.

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