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Plan update highlights LRSSB successes

25 May 2023

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The organisation responsible for driving tramway safety is on course to successfully deliver a programme of key projects aimed at further reducing the risk of harm or injury on UK networks.

From the upgrade of a sector-wide incident reporting system to the ongoing development of a comprehensive risk management framework, the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board is making huge strides towards fulfilling core objectives established in its three-year business plan.

In an update published this week, the organisation has outlined the progress made on a series of landmark initiatives supporting its mission to: ‘Prevent Incidents, Reduce Harm’. At the same time, it sets out the next steps the organisation will take to ensure its continued success.

Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, explained: “When the original business plan was launched in the summer of 2022, we set out our top priorities and clear timeline for their implementation.

“Less than a year later, we are pleased to report that we’ve come a long way towards achieving our goals, making excellent progress on individual projects and the evolution of the organisation itself.”

In addition to completing the first phase of the Tramway Accident and Incident Reporting system (TAIR) upgrade, the LRSSB has continued to expand its online reference library and published over 40 new standards documents.

The organisation’s in-house team has also grown with a series of key appointments, while a sector risk model is taking shape alongside the issuing of bespoke models for individual networks.

These efforts have not gone unrecognised, with a recent report on the LRSSB’s work to date being well received by the Office of Rail and Road and its Health and Safety Regulation Committee.

Mr Williams said: “While we can be justly proud of what we have achieved so far, and a full review will be contained in the forthcoming annual report, there remains a lot of work to be done.

“In the year ahead we will be stepping up our engagement with stakeholders and turn our attention to a full review of light rail’s cornerstone safety document, LRG1:Tramway Principles and Guidance,” he added.

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