Railway Safety Regulations 1999

Explains the application of the Railway Safety  Regulations 1999.

The Railway Safety Regulations 1999 (RSR 99) required the installation of a form of train protection on the railway, and the staged withdrawal of Mark I rolling stock and of rolling stock with hinged doors without central locking. The RSR 99 were introduced to deal with safety risks highlighted by a series of accidents from trains passing signals at danger and collisions involving Mark 1 rolling stock.

Under the RSR 99:

  • A train operator must not operate a train without installing a train protection system for that train;
  • An infrastructure manager must not permit the operation of any train without a train protection system for the relevant railway.
  • A train operator must not operate Mark I or hinged door vehicles on the railway and the infrastructure manager must not permit the operation of such vehicles on the railway unless these vehicles have been modified to prevent the underframes of vehicles overrding.

Regulation 6 of the RSR Regulations allows us to grant exemptions from any requirement imposed by the regulations and to attach conditions to any such exemptions.

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.