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Infrastructure

    Introduction

    • This area of discipline can be further categorised into:
      • locations, layout and design – of stations, depots and yards
      • larger structures at stations, depots and yards – such as track, drainage, earthworks and structures supporting or protecting the track, road bridges, footbridges, rail bridges, tunnels and viaducts
      • adjacent structures and buildings that could affect the safety of the railway – such as tunnels, station infrastructure, infrastructure for access to or along the railway, level crossing surfaces, lineside security, and environmental conditions 
      • smaller structures at stations, depots and yards – for example, rails, sleepers supporting the rails, ballasts, and other associated components such as points and crossings, immovable structures and fixings 
      • structures used to support signalling, telecommunications, electrification – including lighting and other equipment such as gantries.
    • How our experts work with industry

      We have a team of experts with considerable experience in all aspects of infrastructure, and who have worked first-hand on the challenges that industry faces. This includes substantial knowhow in understanding the engineering interfaces between the track and train, the wheel-rail interface. Our people lend their expertise to the creation and review of relevant standards.

      RSSB provides cross-industry governance for industry decisions and activities in many areas of rail improvement. Rail industry standards relating to infrastructure are managed by the Infrastructure Standards Committee. Specifically, the committee in conjunction with RSSB, oversees the development and maintenance of standards, guidance notes and other documents for use by train operators, infrastructure managers, and train manufacturers in developing infrastructure designs, operating and maintaining infrastructure, and developing safety management systems for infrastructure. It also oversees standards, guidance notes and other documents about the interfaces between infrastructure and other railway systems, such as energy, rolling stock, signalling, plant, operations.