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Sustainable rail programme

The Sustainable Rail Programme (SRP) supports the industry in meeting the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. It is a cross-industry programme facilitated by RSSB, which focusses on policy, strategy, and research.

Current projects

  • Sustainable stations – a research project to define and measure sustainable station operation
  • Traction carbon trajectory – establishing the industry's carbon ambition for 2024
  • Noise - T1125 Assessing how the rail industry can improve and influence the management of noise during line-side residential development processes.
  • Accessibility – establishing good practice in accessibility for rail
  • Sustainability in franchising – supporting the DfT to embed sustainable development in franchising.

For more information on these projects, please email srp@rssb.co.uk.

Tools and guidance

  • Non – traction energy guidance : The guidance aims to help rail organisations cut their non-traction energy bills by “retrofitting” solutions to existing infrastructure and ways of working, but is also applicable to planning for new projects. By improving energy efficiency, operators across the rail industry will be able to reduce their carbon emissions and achieve cost savings.
  • Rail carbon tool – In 2015 RSSB launched a Rail Carbon Tool which encourages users to reduce their carbon footprint by enabling them to assess the levels of emissions that will be created by their activities.

Governance

The SRP is governed by the Sustainable Development Steering Group (SDSG), which agrees programme plans and approves all projects. SDSG is made up of representatives from Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group, passenger and freight train operators, rolling stock leasing companies, the Rail Industry Association, the Department for Transport, the Office of Rail and Road, and Transport for London.

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