Improvements to RSSB standards will save rail £3 million

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The latest changes to standards and rules will save Britain’s railways at least £3 million over the next five years.

These cost savings will be a result of more efficient working and reductions in risk that the standards changes will drive. Specifically, new operating rules for infrastructure works mean shorter set-up times, resulting in higher productivity on-site while maintaining safety. 

Rail industry body RSSB publishes changes to standards on a quarterly basis. These changes demonstrate that standards are not static; they evolve, both driving and responding to change.

Every change published now features enhanced impact assessments so that the benefits are clearer. By providing a clearer indication of the benefits, those using standards can better understand the value that standards provide. 

Vaibhav Puri, Head of Regulatory Policy, commented: “The process to change things is quite easy and RSSB is here to help. Anybody can request a change to a standard; a simple form is used to capture the problem and the desired outcome and it’s available on the RSSB website. Sometimes a change might not be appropriate, but permission might need to be given to use an alternative arrangement; the information in the form allows RSSB to guide users through the applicable process. Some of the changes published in this issue result from these forms being completed—it really works!

Tom Lee, Director of Standards said: “The analysis which underpins these changes really demonstrates how valuable standards are. All decisions on the content of standards are made by elected-industry representatives and we welcome challenge. We also encourage you to contribute by commenting on open consultations on draft standards. If you need help with any RSSB standards, please get in touch through the contact us information on our website, we’re here to help.

The latest changes include a new standard on the issue and management of driving cab passes and changes to the Rule Book for new methods of working.

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