Our core function of safety, which requires constant vigilance, will remain at the heart of what we do this year. But in our 2021-22 plan we will also focus on the crucial areas of health and wellbeing, standards harmonisation, sustainability, efficiency, and innovation.

Johnny Schute, Chief Operating Officer at RSSB said:

'The past year has been tremendously challenging for the rail industry on all fronts. We know that our members have had to face tough challenges.  Staff across the industry have faced health and wellbeing issues as the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt. We want our members to know that we are here for them.'

'Hopefully, we can see on the horizon, the return to some sort of normality, and opportunities for rail to contribute to rebuilding the UK economy. We will support our members to get back up and running.  Through our business plans and key areas of work we will support our members in delivering a better, safer post pandemic railway.'

Specific 2021-22 deliverables include:

  • Continue to develop the Covid-19 risk assessment to reflect the rollout of vaccinations.
  • Drive forward our Leading Health and Safety on British Railways strategy as the groups set up to oversee its implementation enter the next phase of working on their plans.
  • Champion the need for improved accessibility and support ‘levelling up’.
  • Pursue work to understand how rail can become more affordable and reliable.
  • Support knowledge sharing in the innovation arena and continue to promote the benefits of the Rail Technical Strategy.
  • Lead the development of GB rail’s first ever Sustainability Strategy.

RSSB has developed its 2021-22 Business Plan in consultation with members, affiliates, stakeholders and the wider GB rail industry.

Our 2021-22 Business Plan is available to view below or download. In the context of Covid-19 we do not intend to publish hard copies at this time, but will keep this position under review as the situation changes.