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Structures and earthworks rules changes

These changes take immediate effect from 5 September 2020 and will be briefed via the Weekly Operating Notices.

On 12 August 2020 a passenger train was derailed by a landslip near Stonehaven in Scotland. The driver, the conductor and a passenger lost their lives. This has prompted the rail industry to make some urgent changes to the Rule Book. We have taken the opportunity to provide clearer instructions for what to do if there is damage to structures or earthworks, as well as if you see any unusual flows or pools of water that could cause damage.

The new rules are in addition to the existing rules for reporting flooding on the track or track defects.

It’s important to remember that the investigations into the Stonehaven derailment are still at an early stage – these changes aren’t intended to pre-judge the outcome of the investigation. There may be further changes over the coming weeks and months as RAIB learns more about the causes of the accident.

On this page you’ll find resources that explain the Rule Book changes – there are tailored versions for drivers, signallers, controllers and any other rail staff working on the line.

Introduction from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, North West and Central region, Network Rail

Briefing video for drivers

Briefing video for signallers

Briefing video for staff working on or near the line

Briefing video for controllers

Resources

Structures and earthworks rules changes - Briefing leaflet for controller
Structures and earthworks rules changes - Briefing leaflet for drivers
Structures and earthworks rules changes - Briefing leaflet for signallers
Structures and earthworks rules changes - Briefing leaflet for staff working on or near the line
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