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Lineside signs

Several documents have been published on lineside sides:

  1. Signing of permissible speeds 

The requirements in RIS-0734-CCS issue two reflect current good practice in the application of permissible speed indicators, permissible speed warning indicators and associated AWS track equipment on the GB mainline railway. Rationale is provided to explain why each requirement is needed, and guidance is provided on how to meet the requirements. 

This standard is relevant for infrastructure managers, system integrators, and anyone who engages with projects involving permissible speed limits, including driveability assessment and risk assessment.

  1. Lineside operational signs and product requirements

The requirements for lineside operational signs have been updated in GIRT7033 issue four (Lineside operational signs: product requirements) and RIS-0733-CCS issue one (Lineside operational signs):

  • Lineside operational signs: product requirements
    GIRT7033 issue four sets out the requirements of lineside operational signs that support technical compatibility with rail vehicle front-end lighting and windscreens. 
  • Lineside operational signs
    RIS-0733-CCS issue one together with GIRT7033 issue four, can be used to inform decisions about the safe integration of lineside operational signs with train operations on the route where they are applied. 

The standards are relevant to rail industry suppliers, conformity assessment bodies, infrastructure managers and system integrators.


Requirements for the application of standard vehicle gauges

Part of a suite of Railway Group Standards, GERT8073 issue four defines standard vehicle gauges and the associated application rules for rolling stock and for infrastructure. Issue four incorporates new research, as well as guidance in order to make the standard more user friendly.

This standard should be brought to the attention of vehicle manufacturers and designers, infrastructure managers (IMs) and railway undertakings (RUs). Further information can be found here.


The management of packet 44 applications

RIS-0784-CCS issue two sets out requirements to manage packet 44 applications and prevent the spread of bespoke applications which result in repeating the installation and transmission of data. Issue two provides improved application processes that include a new packet 44 proposal form and a specific process for new users of existing packet 44 applications. To support the reuse of existing packet 44 applications, details of each existing packet applications are provided on a separate webpage.

Car stop markers

RIS-3782-TOM is a brand-new standard on the provision of car stop markers on station platforms. It builds upon the duty of co-operation between transport operators setting out a framework to improve the consistency in the design, positioning and use of the signs across the GB mainline network. AK104 contains an updated sign specification for car stop markers. Both documents are underpinned by research carried out with drivers and operations managers. They are relevant for those responsible for sign installation, platform-train interface risk management, rolling stock introduction and operational standards.


Introduction of the Flexible Train Arrival Point signage suite

This document provides the specification of the set of Flexible Train Arrival Point (FTAP) signs. The purpose of these signs is to allow the driver of an engineering train or on-track machine to locate the required stopping point within a possession or protection zone when this is not located at a signal. These signs support the operational rules set out in GERT8000-T3 Rule Book ‘Possession of a running line for engineering work’.

Axle bearing maintenance requirements

Written by a panel of experts from the BSI Bearings and Lubricants mirror group, the new RIS-2646-RST issue one addresses maintenance policies, plans and competence management with an additional section for post-UAT axle end reassembly.

This standard can be applied internally by maintainers or mandated by contract for third-party maintenance services to improve the control of the process.