Railway safety consultations

Our railway safety consultations and conclusions.

Application for exemption from train protection duties: Paddington to Heathrow Airport Junction
Closing date: 2 Aug 2019
Five rail companies have applied to ORR for exemption from the law which requires the provision of automatic train protection.


Reviewing the regulatory framework for tramway safety
Closing date: 24 Mar 2019
Our consultation document provided an outline of our conclusions from a review of the legislative framework for tramway safety, and current thinking on how to strengthen that approach.


Consultation on new suite of guides for the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010
Closing date: 22 Mar 2019
We have updated and simplified the guidance and have consulted on a new suite of four guides to replace the old single guidance document.


Consultation on proposed changes to the Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3)
Closing date: 31 Jan 2019
This consultation provides the text of the draft revised Risk Management Maturity Model, with additional evidence against maturity levels and a change to how organisational culture is assessed.


Consultation on new guides for the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 (suspension and withdrawal of licences)
Closing date: 11 Feb 2019
Consultation on new guides for the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010.


Approach to authorisations under the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011
Closing date: 3 Mar 2017
We invited views on a draft policy statement that sets out our approach to interoperability authorisations under the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 (as amended). This consultation is now closed.


Review of ORR’s certification body function for entities in charge of maintenance of freight wagons - Conclusions
Closing date: 7 Apr 2017
We are inviting industry stakeholders to provide any comments they may have on this conclusion and the proposals set out in the consultation document.


Consultation on the goal-setting principles for railway safety
Closing date: 31 Aug 2016
With this consultation we sought views on a draft document ‘Goal-setting principles for railway safety’ which sets out our high-level expectations for new or altered works, railway vehicles, plant and equipment.


ORR’s independent review of RSSB in 2016
Closing date: 18 Jul 2016
The Office of Rail and Road review of the Rail Safety and Standards Board’s (RSSB) governance and functions as requested by RSSB. This consultation is now closed.


Consultation on revised guidance on developing and maintaining staff competence
Closing date: 31 May 2016
As part of the Office of Rail and Road’s regular review of our guidance, we have reviewed and updated ORR Railway Safety Publication RSP1 "Developing and maintaining staff competence".


Railway safety levy consultation
Closing date: 11 Aug 2016
We sought views on a standard format for the submission of railway service providers’ financial information to us for safety levy apportionment purposes.


Comments invited on Railway Safety Regulations 1999 exemption application – train protection arrangements for running of Crossrail trains between Paddington and Heathrow Airport Junction
Closing date: 27 Oct 2015
We are inviting comments on an exemption application we have received from Network Rail concerning the train protection arrangements for Crossrail services between Paddington and Heathrow Airport Junction between May 2018 and December 2019.


Request for stakeholders’ views on ROGS
Closing date: 13 Oct 2015
The purpose of this consultation is to seek feedback from stakeholders on their views and experience of ROGS.


ORR's health and safety compliance and enforcement policy statement 2015
Closing date: 25 Sep 2015
This consultation document sets out a revision to our policy that sets out how we use our powers to carry out our regulatory enforcement responsibilities arising from health and safety and other relevant legislation.


Revising railway safety regulations: Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997, Railway Safety Regulations 1999 and Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001
Closing date: 2 Sep 2014
Consultation on our review of railway safety regulations.


Draft exemption for the placing on the market of rail vehicles and components which contain asbestos
Closing date: 19 Aug 2013
A consultation on a draft exemption to allow the placing on the market of asbestos-containing railway vehicles, and asbestos-containing components of railway vehicles.


The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations
Closing date: 23 Oct 2012
A consultation on the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations


Managing level crossings: guide for managers, designers and operators - consultation
Closing date: 13 Jul 2010
A consultation on managing level crossings: guide for managers, designers and operators.


The Railways and other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Closing date: 7 Jun 2010
Consultation on The Railways and other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2011


Railway Safety Regulations 1999 - review of policy on the use of Mark 1 passenger rolling stock operated at speeds exceeding 40 kilometres per hour
Closing date: 21 Apr 2011
A consultation on the proposal to allow train operators to operate Mark 1 (MK 1) passenger rolling stock on the national network without barrier vehicles and with passengers permitted to travel in leading vehicles.