Promoting health & safety


We regulate health and safety for the entire mainline rail network in Britain, as well as London Underground, light rail, trams and the heritage sector.

The information on these pages, and within the ORR documents we refer to, is being reviewed and will be updated as necessary to reflect the fact that the EU exit transition period has ended. If  you have any questions regarding rail transport legislation from 1 January 2021 please refer to the GOV.UK website

Investigation & enforcement powers

How we are informed when a serious incident occurs and how we work with other bodies in the railway to find out what has happened and why, and the range of our formal enforcement powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Annual health and safety report

The ORR annual report on health and safety 2019/20 stresses that safety across Britain's railways has improved over the last 12 months but more needs to be done to tackle the impacts of climate change.

Health and safety guidance and compliance

It is our responsibility to ensure that those responsible make Britain's railways safe for passengers and provide a safe place for staff to work.