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.

For earlier RSSB information and documents please visit the National Archives.