December 2021 Standards Update
A summary of all the major changes in the Standards Catalogue this quarter is also available in this Standards Briefing Presentation.
The general enter into force date was erroneously specified as 01 December 2021; Issue 6.1 being a limited change release should have retained the enter into force date from issue six accordance with RSSB’s current house rules for standards documents.
Documents referenced in the standard have been updated to current versions and editorial changes have been made, including the title of the document and format of references, in accordance with RSSB’s current house rules for standards documents.
Issue 1.1 updated to change TSI references to NTSNs so that it remains valid and accurate following the UK's exit from the EU.
Issue 2.1 updated to change TSI references to NTSNs so that it remains valid and accurate following the UK's exit from the EU.
Please note that this standards was published on 4 September but you may have missed it.
Additional guidance provided on sanding for traction purposes. It also updates TSI references to NTSNs so that it remains valid and accurate following the UK's exit from the EU.
Standard now includes additional ‘Demands Action’ function codes for application code 14 (Automatic Power Change Over – APCO). Tables and figures have been updated to improve clarity.
Please note that is is an amendment and not an up-issue of the standard.
Issue 4 has cleared up ambiguity on the documents that should be used to determine braked weight values of individual vehicles and the alternative methods for determining braked weight values for locos. Note this standard will be updated with the revised text when it is next issued.
Control, Command and Signalling
No new standards.
- GEGN8579 Issue 1 Guidance on Digital Wireless Technology for Train Operators has been withdrawn, this is because the contents of the document are either out of date or covered by other standards including RIS-0700-CCS.
No new standards
Four new Rulebook modules and handbooks have been updated to align them with Guidance Note GEGN8575 Issue 1 – Management of electrical risk related to operational tasks on electrified lines, but they are not in force until June 2022.
The distances in the AC module/HB regarding how near you or anything you are carrying can get to OLE without additional controls have not changed, however certain tasks may be carried out nearer than these distances if specific conditions are met. The rules around rescuing a person within 2.75 metres (9 feet) from the OLE have also changed.
The rules around personal safety have changed, you must make sure, you and anything you are holding is no nearer than 1.5 metres (5 feet) from live CRE unless you have met the specific conditions in your company instructions and put in place any specified precautions required to manage danger from the CRE are carried out.
The policy document RSSB-GBMR-OC Issue 3 - Operational Concept for the GB Mainline Railway has been updated. It determines what should be made mandatory in National Operations Publications - aka the Rulebook.
The changes in Issue 3 include:
- Updating the status of the Rulebook, which is no longer classed as a Railway Group Standards.
- Removing all references to European Legislation and updating them to NTSNs (National Technical Specification Notices).
- Updating the glossary to align it to the current glossary in the Rulebook.
- Adding extra clarity to the guidance in Appendix B surrounding how to use the document.
Two new forms have been updated in the standards catalogue:
- Form RT3119-B Issue 9 - Provisional SPAD Data Collection Form (Railway Undertaking)
- Form RT3119-D Issue 4 - Provisional ERTMS SPAD Data Collection Form (Railway Undertaking)).
Energy AC DC systems
A new guidance note which provides structured guidance and a methodology to assist RUs and IMs (station operators) in undertaking a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for their operational tasks that meets the relevant legal requirements in EaWR 1989 and in the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The guidance note will go live in June 2022. A briefing video for GEGN8575 Issue 1 is also available.