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.
- Rail for London RSSB membership approval PDF, 117 Kb
8 August 2014
- Rail for London RSSB membership request PDF, 179 Kb
31 July 2014
- ORR approval of HS2 membership of RSSB PDF, 70 Kb
6 March 2014
- RSSB request for ORR to approve HS2 membership PDF, 51 Kb
4 March 2014
- ORR's approval of changes to RSSB's Constitution Agreement PDF, 40 Kb
4 March 2014
- RSSB's proposals for change to its Constitution Agreement PDF, 44 Kb
20 February 2014
- ORR approval of Railway Group Standard Code: issue four
14 Feb 2013
- ORR's review of RSSB's functions, governance and funding arrangements 2010
4 Mar 2010
For earlier RSSB documents please visit the National Archives.