This area of discipline can be further categorised into:
- operational rules - direct instructions for railway staff provided in the National Operations Publications (commonly known as ‘The Rule Book’).
- operation of signalling and infrastructure - signalling and infrastructure operation, train signalling regulations, instructions for safe systems of work on infrastructure
- safe operation of the railway - workforce safety and safety management systems, safety information and communications; planning, managing and investigating accidents, incidents and emergencies; policies on drugs and alcohol and working hours, modelling, fire procedures, hazardous goods, track worker safety, crowd management
- working instructions for staff - passenger and freight train operations, occupational standards for operational competence, instructions for people employed in a range of activities on the main line railway network.
How our experts work with industry
We have a team of experts with considerable experience in all aspects of rail operation, many of whom have been train drivers, guards, signallers or indeed managed real-life rail operation. They lend their expertise to the creation and review of relevant standards and rules.
RSSB provides cross-industry governance for industry decisions and activities in many areas of rail improvement. Rail industry standards relating to traffic operations and management are managed by the Traffic Operation and Management 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 to fulfil their legal obligations in operating and managing rail traffic.