Infrastructure safety

Railway infrastructure consists primarily of the tracks, formation and supporting structures (bridges, viaducts and tunnels), stations and electrified lines. Signalling and train control equipment also form part of the infrastructure. 

Under health and safety law, we have powers of investigation and enforcement to ensure that railway operators are controlling risks posed by rolling stock operations and infrastructure, so far as is reasonably practicable.

In this section:

Level crossings

The different types of level crossings and our current policies.

Read more about level crossings

Signals passed at danger (SPADs)

The implications of a train passing a red signal.

Read more about SPADs

Train protection

The types of protection available in order to prevent signals passed at danger, amongst other things.

Read more about train protection

Mark I rolling stock

Mark I rolling stock is used to describe a series of vehicle types, built mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, which share certain characteristics.

Read more about Mark I rolling stock

Road/rail interface

Situations where rail and road come into contact. 

Read more about road/rail interface

Route crime

This section sets out our policies to combat route crime and vandalism.

Read more about route crime