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March 11, 2010

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Condocs- Rail safety body under review

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) recently launched a consultation on the role, governance and funding of the mainline railways industry’s safety body, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).

The RSSB was created in 2003 on the recommendation of the Cullen Inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster four years previously. Its role is to support and facilitate the mainline railway by, among other things, developing Railway Group Standards, collecting safety data, and undertaking research and development.

The Board itself asked the ORR to carry out the review, which will consider the role of the Board in striving for excellence in health and safety, providing value for rail users’ and taxpayers’ money, and responding to the influence of European institutions on Britain’s rail industry.

The review will also examine what RSSB currently does, and those areas where it could do more or do less, plus the implications of this for the governance and funding of the Board.

Director of railway safety at the ORR, Ian Prosser, commented: “Since its formation in 2003, RSSB has played a key part in the improvement of safety and value for money in the rail industry. This review is about building on RSSB’s past successes and ensuring that it can continue to facilitate further improvements in health and safety while offering value for money of the railway to users and taxpayers.”

The consultation is open until 7 May and can be accessed on the ORR’s website

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