While 2021 proved a challenge due to the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic, progress in a number of key areas will see the LRSSB look forward to the year ahead with renewed confidence.
In 2022 we will be able to build on the excellent work done over the past 12 months to further strengthen the organisation, drawing on expertise from across the sector to take it to the next level.
Much has already been achieved, including the production of 16 safety guidance documents. These sit alongside the publication of an updated Tramways Principles and Guidance document, which is set for further revisions in the year ahead as we continue to build a comprehensive online reference library.
At the same time, we have continued to implement recommendations from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigation into the Sandilands accident, boosted by investment in the research and development into new technologies that will ensure that the sector remains focussed on existing and emerging risks.
The LRSSB’s investment in new software that will help individual networks while driving a sector-wide approach to risk management and mitigation is also set to continue into 2022, alongside further research and evaluation into safety critical processes.
While light rail is already one of the safest modes of public transport, we can never be complacent. Building on the solid foundations we’ve established over the past year, and by working with operators and organisations such as the Office of Rail and Road and the Department for Transport, we’re now well placed to drive a process of continuous improvement.
As we return to work following the festive season, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes for the New Year to colleagues and partners from across the sector and look forward to seeing you all soon!