The implications of Brexit on light rail safety standards are among the topics put under the spotlight in the latest issue of the LRSSB newsletter.

The first issue of 2021 also includes information on the publication of new guidance documents covering audible warnings and tramway signage, as well as news of an innovative project utilising the very latest wearable technology.

There’s also information on how operators can now benefit from LRSSB-funded research and you can read all about it here.

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve published the second issue of our newsletter to help keep stakeholders updated on our activities over the last few months of 2020.

Alongside a welcome from our new Chief Executive Carl Williams, it includes summaries of several key projects, including the development of new hazard perception tool and the adoption of a risk management model.

There’s also news of our success at this year’s Global Light Rail Awards and you can find the full newsletter here.

This week we’ve stepped up our engagement with stakeholders with the launch of our first LRSSB Newsletter.

The first of what will become a regular round-up of the organisation’s activities, it includes updates on a range of projects, including the testing of new driver monitoring technology and the establishment of working groups to drive forward new safety standards.

There’s also an introduction from our Chief Executive, Carl Williams, and it can be viewed here.

Two working groups have been set up to establish new standards covering track alignment design, and switches and crossings for urban rail systems.

Supported by the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board, and led by BSI, the groups are part of the ongoing work being done to develop British and Europe-wide standards and guidance.

A CEN draft document of the track alignment standard, which includes vignole and grooved rail systems, has already been completed and is currently awaiting final comments ahead of the publication of the full working standard.

Craig O’Brien, Engineering Manager for UKTram and industry representative for LRSSB, explained: “This is a significant step forward and represents a huge body of work which has gone into creating this new standard.

“The Switches and Crossings standard has also been viewed as a priority for LRSSB and, in response to this, a new group was created with a strong UK representation.

“A delegate from the LRSSB chairs the group and the organisation also provides administrative support, while colleagues from Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and France have contributed to the four meetings that have already taken place.”

A full review of the current standard has already been conducted and information is being shared on the numerous existing switches and crossing systems currently in operation across Europe.

“The group will shortly be moving towards proposing a formal CEN work item which may result in an initial technical report being drafted to highlight the gaps in the current Rail standard,” Craig said.

“Work will continue in both areas with meetings already scheduled for 2021,” he added.

A key project to refresh the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board website is to be launched in the coming weeks.

New Chief Executive Carl Williams has commissioned the work as a major step towards ensuring that the organisation can create a more robust safety information portal for light rail operators and those companies who supply the sector.

Carl added: “The current site was developed quite rapidly after the LRSSB was created and the time is now right to create an information hub which can better serve the needs of the industry.

“I am anxious to ensure the website is absolutely fit for purpose and I’m keen to hear the views of safety professionals in the sector so that we can address any particular requirements they may have. The LRSSB’s major role is to help drive up safety standards and helping those in the industry to gain easy access to the latest guidance and information is an important task.”

He explained that development work would start following a review of the website’s structure and any feedback which is received. “We hope the project can be completed as soon as possible and that the website can then continue to develop over the months and years ahead as a trusted source of safety information,” Carl added.