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LRSSB support for historic tramways

24 Aug 2023

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The organisation responsible for light rail safety has been stepping up its support for heritage tramways as they strive to further improve their risk management processes.

Earlier in the summer, LRSSB Chief Executive, Carl Williams, attended a meeting of the UKTram Heritage Committee to outline the services it can provide to operators of some of the country’s most popular attractions.

“We’ve been impressed by the way colleagues in the heritage sector have committed to bringing their safety processes and procedures into line with those of modern systems and stand ready to help them in a host of different ways.

“This includes supporting them with the adoption of the Office of Road and Rail’s Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3). They also have full access to our team of light rail safety experts and a growing online reference library that contains the most up-to-date guidance on all aspects of tramway safety.”

The most recent meeting of the Heritage Committee also received an update from Mark Ashmore, our Head of Safety and Assurance, on the government’s draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill.

Known as Martyn’s Law after one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, the proposed legislation aims to prevent future deaths by clearly setting out the duties of owners and public authorities regarding protection and security.

“A sector response to the proposals will be submitted following further consultation with operators and their security teams from both second-generation and heritage systems, and further details will be published in due course,” Carl added.


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