Rail Standards Strategy

The 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, now we are in CP6, the strategy is under review. That will address new challenges and opportunities that 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, including strategic directions for the TSIs.  You can find these and other approved strategies 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 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 relevant recast Directives into UK law by 16 June 2020.

Brexit and the impact on standards

The standards and protocols that help ensure the different companies across the railway work safely as a system will remain after Brexit.  We have written an overview of the likely immediate impacts for RSSB-managed and European standards on this page.

National Technical Specification Notices

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs) will replace EU Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs). These will preserve the technical content of TSIs. RSSB has worked closely with DfT to develop the draft NTSNs and they are available from this page to support DfT’s consultation with the industry.

Autonomous systems – facing up to the regulatory challenges

More automation and autonomous systems are being implemented on the railway system.  It is essential that the regulatory system is ready to support these changes.  And the legal and ethical aspects of such changes must be properly understood.  Standards could play a key role in codifying how these challenges are addressed.  Read this blog, which sets out some high level principles for consideration when introducing such changes.