RSSB was set up to fulfil a recommendation by Lord Cullen in his Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry report, following an accident in 1999. RSSB is a not-for-profit company owned by major industry stakeholders (our members). Our constitution is such that no one commercial interest can influence our work for its own benefit.

Since our foundation our remit has grown, so that we also support the industry in achieving lower costs, reducing its carbon footprint, and increasing its capacity and customer satisfaction levels.

We work in areas where different parts of the industry need to collaborate to achieve safe working practices or improve aspects of their performance. We also represent the interests of Britain’s railways at an international level. 

Our staff include many of the industry’s experts across the major disciplines that make up the railway. We collect, model, and analyse data for the industry; we develop standards for the industry; and we commission and conduct research to address tactical and strategic issues that the industry is facing. We also explore the potential of existing and future technologies that could benefit the industry and its customers.

Some of the organisations we work with

Department for Transport Rail  

Driving for Better Business (Highways England)

HS2 Limited


Network Rail

Office of Rail and Road

Rail Delivery Group

Railway Industry Association

Transport for London

Transport for Wales

Transport Scotland (Rail)

UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN)

Herriot Watt University—Railway Research Team

Lancaster University

Loughborough University—Control Systems Research Group

Newcastle University—Design Unit

University of Birmingham— Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

University of Bristol—Vibration Suppression Research Unit

University of Cambridge—Department of Engineering, Control Group

University of Derby֫—Rail Research and Innovation Centre

University of Huddersfield—Institute of Railway Research

University of Leeds—Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration

University of Nottingham—Human Factors Research Group

University of Nottingham—Resilience Engineering Research Group

University of Nottingham—Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre

University of Southampton—Transportation Research Group

University of Southampton—National Infrastructure Laboratory