Vehicle / Structures System Interface Committee
The Vehicle/Structures SIC (V/S SIC) was established to provide the focus for the interface between vehicles and the fixed infrastructure in the areas of physical clearance (gauging) and vehicle loading (route availability).
The scope of the V/S SIC is defined in its remit and aims to:
- Establish the committee as a recognised industry stakeholder/client group for the review and development of vehicle to structure interaction strategies, statutory requirements, standards and business processes at European and national level and the promotion of their implementation
- Support and inform the development, management, maintenance and publication of infrastructure gauging and loading capability information, associated vehicle characteristics and the requirements for ensuring compatibility
- Support the development of a credible and sustainable future gauge and loading capability across the national rail network, which optimises the needs of customers and funders
- Support and develop classification methods (such as gauging, loading) that simplify access to the national rail network
- Support and develop appropriate techniques for optimising the vehicle/structure interface
- Support and inform the industry’s Rail Technical Strategy
- Act as principal client for the RSSB infrastructure research topic group on vehicle/structure interface issues.
The V/S SIC is currently focussing on:
- Revision of lower sector gauge
- Standardisation and retention of vehicle gauging data
- Development of new standard vehicle gauges for locomotives and for suburban vehicles
- Every year the SIC provides an annual report on its activities to the Technical Strategy Leadership Group.
Message from the chair
The group's membership is made up of the following industry categories:
- passenger train operators
- rolling stock owners and leasing companies
- freight and other non-passenger train operators
- infrastructure managers and owners
- suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
- Department for Transport
- Office of Rail and Road.