Making ROGS work for industry

23 November 2020
Paul Carey
Paul Carey
Railway Safety Policy Senior Executive

The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 – also commonly known as ROGS – are set of rules that provide the regulatory regime for rail safety, including the mainline railway, metros (including London Underground), tramways, light rail and heritage railways.

ROGS took effect in 2006 and transposed the EU safety directive. They are a central part of health and safety legislation which ensures safe operation of not just the mainline railway, but other transport systems such as Tyne and Wear Metro, London Underground and the heritage sector. 

Every five years, there is a legal requirement to carry out a post-implementation review to make sure that they are still meeting the original objectives. 

The Department for Transport has asked ORR to carry out this review, which will look at whether ROGS provides the appropriate level of regulation and to check that any burdens or costs on business are still proportionate to the objectives.

We’ve opened a survey to gather the views of industry on their experience of ROGS.  

Although the key focus of the post-implementation reviews is on how well the rules are currently working, we will also look at how ROGS could look in the future. We’re certain they will remain a key asset despite the end of the UK transition period for leaving the EU.

The review must be completed by August 2021 and a final report will be published next year.