RSSB (the Rail Safety and Standards Board) was established in April 2003, in response to recommendations made by Lord Cullen in the report of the second part of the public inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove accident.

As an organisation it brings together members (infrastructure managers, train operators, rolling stock leasers and suppliers) from across the mainline railway to support shared decisions, products and services with the aim of driving out unnecessary cost, improving business and safety performance and developing long-term strategy.

It is a not-for-profit company owned by major industry stakeholders. The company is limited by guarantee and is governed by its members, a board and an advisory committee. It is independent of any single railway company and of their commercial interests.

We have observer status on the RSSB Board.

What does RSSB do?

RSSB's primary objective is to support its members to achieve their objectives of improving safety and performance and value for money across the industry. It does this by providing a wide range of services to:

  • help the industry understand risk;
  • guide and manage the maintenance of railway standards;
  • manage industry research and innovation programmes; and
  • facilitate industry collaboration to drive improvement.

For more information, go to the RSSB website, which includes information about its purpose and its governance.

A review of RSSB's functions, governance and funding - February 2010

RSSB's board invited us to conduct a review of its functions, governance and funding arrangements on 2 February 2010.

We carried out a wide-ranging review by seeking views from the industry and other interested parties through consultation, convened an industry advisory panel to help clarify our thinking and held an open public meeting.

We received 46-responses to our public consultation, which closed on 7 May 2010, five of which were confidential.

We issued our review report, which included an executive summary and made specific recommendations and observations, on 2 August 2010.

You can view the consultation and related documents on the National Archives website.

Since this review, RSSB's Board asked for a further strategic review in July 2012, which led to industry agreement to a revised constitution and five year business plan 2014-19.

Further information

For earlier RSSB documents please visit the National Archives.