Rail Industry Standards retain best practice on a range of railway issues including control, command and signalling system management; energy and rolling stock design, replacing Railway Group Standards which were no longer valid or where there was duplication with other requirements.
There are also updated briefing leaflets on the Working Manual for Rail Staff Handling and Carriage of Dangerous Goods, and two new Rail Delivery Group guidance notes, one on managing GSM-R train radios and the other on Contingency Planning for Power Outages. Two new Codes of Practice from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Networking Group are available on managing points within engineering work sites, and managing speed of on-track machines in possessions.
Amendments and clarifications were issued against standards concerning energy and compatibility of rail vehicle weights and underline bridges.
The changes ensure standards and rules are fit for purpose and updated to meet the needs of today’s railway, as well as reflecting industry’s strategy to remove unnecessary duplication.