A clear vision for the future evolution of the organisation responsible for driving light rail safety has been set out in an ambitious three-year business plan.
Published on 5th July, it sets out how the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board aims to deliver its core objective: ‘Prevent Incidents, Reduce Harm’.
Enhanced stakeholder engagement, the further development of an integrated risk management framework and the upgrading of a comprehensive incident reporting database are among seven key strategic aims set out in the plan.
Released following confirmation of continued financial support from the Department for Transport, it also commits to producing new safety guidance and updating existing documentation while driving innovation and exploring new commercial opportunities.
Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, explained: “Now that the funding package, worth £3.3 million over three years, is in place we are in a position to accelerate our ambitious delivery programme.
“This is clearly set out in the new business plan that builds on the organisation’s many successes since it was established in 2019, and reflects recommendations made earlier this year in a report from the Office of Rail and Road on our work to date.”
The ORR has praised the LRSSB for adding value to light rail and for providing the tools required to improve the sector’s understanding of risk, while calling for a long-term strategy for project delivery and wider stakeholder engagement.
“This latest business plan aims to fulfil those objectives, and we are now looking forward to forging even closer relationships with operators, owners, unions, statutory bodies and other key relevant organisations,” Mr Williams added.
The LRSSB business plan can be downloaded in full here.