RSSB sets out goals for the next 12 months

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Rail body RSSB has published its Business Plan for 2020-21, outlining how it intends to support its members in developing a better, safer railway.

The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new economic, structural and safety challenges to rail, and RSSB is keen to continue providing a full programme of work to support rail’s long-term needs as well as helping members deal with the present challenge with additional resource and materials.

RSSB has also offered members on low annual turnover the opportunity to defer payment of their levy until later in the year.

Following consultation with its members, the plan sets out an ambitious programme of work designed to help rail put passengers and freight customers first. It focuses on the crucial areas of safety, health and wellbeing, sustainability, efficiency, and innovation. 

Specific deliverables for 2020-21 include:

  • Safer Rail.  A refreshed ‘Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway’ strategy with dedicated resource allocated to implement agreed actions, initially in four key areas.
  • Healthier Rail.  Initiatives to encourage healthier behaviours across the industry.
  • Harmonised Rail. Supporting the safe movement of freight and dangerous goods.
  • Efficient Rail.  Implementing measures within the PERFORM (better train performance) programme and improving seasonal resilience.
  • Innovative Rail.  Driving the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy.
  • Sustainable Rail.  Deliver on the Decarbonisation and Air Quality strategies.

Johnny Schute, Chief Operating Officer at RSSB, said; 

Right now, our members are battling to provide and maintain a railway for key workers to help the nation to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. We know that front line staff and senior management are both feeling immense pressure and doing sterling work for which we should all be thankful. Our message to them is that we are here to help them in this hour.

Once we are through the pandemic, Britain will need its railway back up to strength again, and so we hope our Business Plan, combined with some additional activities, will provide the support that our members need to continue to improve and make a better, safer railway.’

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