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The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) was established in 2003, based on key recommendations from Lord Cullen’s public inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove accident. Our core purpose is to actively help the industry work together to drive improvements in the GB rail system.

RSSB is a not-for-profit company owned by major industry stakeholders. The company is limited by guarantee and is governed by its members and a Board. Its method of operation is presented in
RSSB’s Constitution Agreement and the Memorandum of Association are incorporated in the Articles of Association.

Since 2003, we have been helping our members to continually improve health, safety and wellbeing performance ever since.

RSSB supports the rail industry to deliver a better, safer railway. We help the whole railway work together to address issues of common concern, so that we all benefit from better safety, sustainability and service, and reduced cost and risk.

We provide information and guidance for all aspects of railway operations, including standards, wellbeing, sustainability, infrastructure and rolling stock asset integrity, customer satisfaction, performance, and safety.

RSSB membership offers access to a wide range of services and resources to help our members become safer and more sustainable for passengers, the workforce and the wider public, while reducing risk and cost. Through our Affiliation programme we also make some of this available to overseas organisations and other industries.

The rail industry is facing significant challenges. By being part of the RSSB world, you are better able to collaborate with others, to help shape solutions to issues of concern and benefit from the positive results and efficiencies.

Growth in passenger and freight traffic tests railways to achieve and maintain higher performance under pressure. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has generated new challenges, both in terms of managing the impact of the virus, and longer-term economic recovery.

In the years ahead there will be bigger commercial and technological challenges to rail, including the need to increase capacity and customer satisfaction, while simultaneously reducing cost and carbon.

The many different organisations that play a part in the railways are connected and dependent on one another through legal duties, contracts, procurement, relationships, and operation. Working in isolation is not an option.

This is what makes RSSB so valuable: we embody the common purpose and shared strategic outlook of the rail sector.