Rail transport operator safety duties

Rail Transport Operators must comply with the safety duties imposed under the Rail Safety (Local Operations) Act 2006.

The main duty of a Rail Transport Operator is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of the operator's railways operations. Specifically, these duties include ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • Safe systems for carrying out railway operations are developed and implemented
  • Each rail safety worker is of good health and fitness and competent to carry out the rail transport operator's safety work
  • Rail safety workers are not impaired by drugs and alcohol
  • Rail safety workers are not impaired by fatigue
  • Adequate facilities for the safety of persons at the railway premises are provided
  • Information, instruction, training and supervision is provided to rail safety workers to allow them to work safely
  • Information is provided to other rail transport operators and other persons to enable those person to ensure safety.

Rail infrastructure managers

Specific duties relating to rail infrastructure managers include ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • Rail infrastructure is provided or maintained safely
  • Design, construction, commissioning, use, modification, maintenance, repair or decommissioning of rolling stock is done safely
  • That system systems or procedures for scheduling, control and monitoring of railway operations are established and maintained to ensure the safety of railway operations
  • Communications systems and procedures are established and maintained to ensure the safety of the railway operations.

Rolling stock operators

Specific duties relating to rolling stock operators include ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • Rolling stock is provided and maintained safely
  • Any design, construction, commissioning, use, modification, maintenance, repair or decommissioning on the rolling stock is done safely
  • There is compliance with rules and procedures for scheduling, control and monitoring of rolling stock that the rolling stock operator has established
  • Equipment, procedures and systems are established and maintained to minimise risks to safety
  • Arrangements are made for ensuring safety in connection with the use, operation and maintenance of the operator's rolling stock
  • Communications systems and procedures are established and maintained to ensure safety of railway operations.