The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board has welcomed the launch of a planned review of its work by the Office of Rail and Road.
To be carried out at the request of the LRSSB, the process aims to assess progress on the implementation of recommendations made by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in its report on the Sandilands accident in 2016.
Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, commented: “When the organisation was first established, we invited the ORR to carry out a review of our initial work. It was agreed that this would take place during the first two to three years of LRSSB operations, and we welcome this evaluation process.
“Since Sandilands, the sector has worked tirelessly on fulfilling specific recommendations made by the RAIB, and the LRSSB has taken the lead in a number of areas. These include extensive research into the most appropriate driver inattention and speed monitoring systems, the development of a comprehensive framework for risk management and mitigation, and a sector-wide database for incident reporting.
“Further research projects, including studies of obstacle detection/avoidance, passenger safety and driver fatigue monitoring, are planned for the coming months.
“While much has been achieved in a relatively short period of time, there is still more to do, and we look forward to working closely with the ORR on the review as we strive to drive continuous safety improvements through standardisation, collaboration, research and shared best practice.”
Further details of the review, which is expected to be completed in early 2022, can be found here.