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1999-04-21 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Regulator confirms 'amber' status for rail industry in Year 2000 compliance assessment

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Regulator confirms 'amber' status for rail industry in Year 2000 compliance assessment

21 April 1999
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/99/12

Following independent assessment by WS Atkins management consultants, appointed in February of this year, the industry's business continuity status is rated at an 'amber' level according to the guidelines of the Government's Action 2000 'traffic light' rating. This interim rating indicates that while there is some risk of material disruption there is an agreed plan in place for remediation. An initial assessment made by the Health and Safety Executive's HM Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) rates safety critical systems as 'blue', presenting no risk of material disruption. (See notes to Editors.)

The Regulator issued his interim findings on the national rail industry's progress towards achieving Year 2000 compliance at the Government's Action 2000 Forum on Wednesday 21 April. The Atkins' assessment shows that comprehensive plans are in place while the Rail Millennium Programme Office (RMPO), which is co-ordinating industry compliance, has been working well. The compliance work programme is on target, and the industry is well-placed to deliver compliant solutions to their systems.

Key cross-industry systems which are controlled by a single entity, such as Railtrack, are the subject of a robust and comprehensive compliance programme. However the rail industry is a highly integrated and interdependent business and interim findings also show that there is some work to be done to obtain formally documented evidence from train operators on compliance for some shared systems. The train operators' approach is based on a heavy reliance on the work of the RMPO. Work is also in hand to rectify potential weaknesses in individual supplier audits by operators.

The assessment is continuing and the final rating of business continuity will await the final review visits and completion of the report due in May.

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Notes to Editors:

1. Enforcement and monitoring of compliance with health and safety regulations is a matter for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In December 1998 HSE's HM Railway Inspectorate issued and initial assessment report on railway critical systems and Y2K problems. The main conclusion was that the potential threat to the safety of passengers and staff is judged to be low because very few systems use computers or programmable devices in a safety role. HMRI is continuing to review the millenium safety of railways.

2. The 'traffic light code' is as follows:
Blue - Assessment has not identified any risks of material distruption to the infrastructure processes.
Amber - Some risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes exists, but there is an agreed containment plan to rectify shortcomings.
Red - Severe risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes. Timely rectification may not be possible.
White - Unable to form assessment with present level of information.

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