Railway Safety Regulations 1997

Explains the application of the Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997.

The Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997 replaced a large number of old provisions, dating back as far as 1839. They created   five new goal-setting duties to:

  • prevent unauthorised access to the railway infrastructure (for example by means of lineside fencing);
  • provide means of passenger communication with staff on trains;
  • prevent collisions and derailments (for example by means of adequate signalling systems);
  • provide adequate braking systems; and
  • prevent accidents to staff (for example trackside workers) from moving vehicles.

Review of the Regulations

In 2012 we started a review of the regulations under the Red Tape Challenge and although review was completed in 2016, it is unlikely that any new regulations replacing the current statutory instrument will be laid before Parliament.