Railway Safety Regulations 1999


Explains the application of the Railway Safety  Regulations 1999.

The Railway Safety Regulations 1999 (RSR 99) required the installation of a form of train protection on the railway, and the staged withdrawal of Mark I rolling stock and of rolling stock with hinged doors without central locking. The RSR 99 were introduced to deal with safety risks highlighted by a series of accidents from trains passing signals at danger and collisions involving Mark 1 rolling stock.

Under the RSR 99:

  • A train operator must not operate a train without installing a train protection system for that train;
  • An infrastructure manager must not permit the operation of any train without a train protection system for the relevant railway.
  • A train operator must not operate Mark I or hinged door vehicles on the railway and the infrastructure manager must not permit the operation of such vehicles on the railway unless these vehicles have been modified to prevent the underframes of vehicles overrding.

Regulation 6 of the RSR Regulations allows us to grant exemptions from any requirement imposed by the regulations and to attach conditions to any such exemptions.

Stakeholder survey on the updating the guidance

The guidance for the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 has not been re-issued since publication by the Health and Safety Executive in 1999.

We would like stakeholders’ views on whether updated guidance would be useful and on what form it should take. We are particularly keen to understand whether stakeholders would prefer updated guidance targeted at specific areas or a more general policy statement, particularly as many aspects of the current guidance may be adequately covered by other more recent health and safety legislation and guidance.

We have created a survey proforma - please send your completed survey to sue.butler@orr.gov.uk by 24 January 2020.

We plan to consult stakeholders formally on any new draft guidance in Spring 2020.