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Report highlights LRSSB successes

10 Jul 2023

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Over the past 12 months, the organisation responsible for driving tramway safety has made huge strides towards its mission of further reducing the risk of harm or injury on UK networks.

Thanks to confirmation of funding from the Department for Transport, the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board has been able to strengthen its senior management team, boosting the delivery of key projects.

In its 2023 annual report, published this week, the organisation has highlighted a series of successes over the past 12 months and how it aims to continue supporting the sector.

Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, explained: “Alongside the three-year funding model, a Memorandum of Understanding is now in place with the DfT, and, combined with support from the sector, this enables us to plan for the future in a more sustainable, cost-effective way.

“Already we’ve delivered on major upgrades to the Tramway Accident and Incident Reporting system (TAIR), and we’re making significant progress in the area of sector-wide safety risk management and data analytics. This includes the development of a national risk profile and the updating of models for individual networks.

“Alongside this vital work we have published 13 safety guidance documents which have been added to our growing online reference library.”

The report also highlights the developing of a National Safety Plan, which has now been agreed by the sector, that underpins key objectives contained within LRSSB’s Business Plan. This in turn provides a focus for the delivery of specific and measurable safety outcomes.

“Just a few years after it was established, the LRSSB has become an integral part of the light rail sector in the UK, forging partnerships with other well-respected organisations and statutory bodies,” Mr Williams said.

“While benefiting LRSSB and the wider sector, this is also testimony to how those organisations see us, and the implementation of our newly developed Stakeholder Engagement Plan will enable us to further raise our profile and demonstrate to our customers the benefits of the services we offer,” he added.

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