Safety standards in the railway industry will remain the same despite Brexit, according to the organisation that facilitates continuous improvements in health and safety performance on Britain’s railways.
The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has reiterated its pledge that the protocols in place helping organisations within railway work safely as a system will remain in place.
The Board says it has worked alongside the Department for Transport (DfT) over the last 12 months so that companies can be assured that any requirements from EU framework are still fit for purpose in the UK, ensuring safety standards remain.
There has been a lot of opinion around a no-deal Brexit scenario; the UK formally withdraws from the EU on 29 March 2019, and no workable deal has yet to be put in place.
It has resulted in much consternation in the transport sector, with particular worries outlined by associations within haulage and logistics.
But the RSSB has sought to reassure rail companies that safety standards will be unaffected, even in a no-deal scenario.
The Board said the legal requirements that promote safety and technical principles across all EU railways will still have to be met by UK rail companies and their suppliers.
In the case of Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs), which will still exist in EU law, they will apply during the transition period, if a deal is struck.
If no-deal is agreed by the time of the official Brexit date, TSIs will be adapted to work in the UK as a domestic legislation, published as National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs) by the Transport Secretary.
Tom Lee, RSSB Director of Standards, said: “We want to ensure that day one post-Brexit, the UK standards framework is suitably aligned to the EU for immediate continuity and is legally robust, whilst providing for possible future divergence, if beneficial.”