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2000-10-31 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Regulator proposes that Railtrack establish a separate safety company

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Regulator proposes that Railtrack establish a separate safety company

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31 October 2000
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/00/36

The Rail Regulator, Tom Winsor, has today published proposals to amend Railtrack's network licence to transfer important safety-related activity to a newly created subsidiary company.

Mr Winsor today published his formal consultation document on this proposal. The key features are:

o Railtrack will transfer activities relating to safety that are currently carried out by its Safety and Standards Directorate to a new, wholly owned subsidiary (Independent Railway Safety Activity, IRSA);
o IRSA will be established by 31 December 2000;
o IRSA will have up to eleven directors, of which eight will be non-executive directors and who, collectively, will be expected to have the appropriate practical experience; and for all those with decision-making responsibilities within IRSA (including directors) to be prohibited, except with the Regulator's approval, from having interests in railway companies.

Commenting on this new licence modification, Tom Winsor said:

"This licence condition is necessary in order for the Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000, recently laid before Parliament, to be effective."

Notes for editors:

The implementation of the Rail Safety Policy Review (RSPR) recommendations (made by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions) involves changes to both Condition 3 of Railtrack's network licence concerning the role and function of the Safety and Standards Directorate in Railtrack, repeal of the Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 1994 and the making of the Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 which were the subject of a consultation document issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 19 May 2000.
An executive summary of the RSPR recommendations Railtrack's Safety and Standards Directorate, Review of the Main Functions and their Location, can be found on the DETR website at
The HSE's consultation document on the new Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 can be found on the HSE website at
A copy of Notice of Modification to Condition 3 of Railtrack's Network Licence is available from the ORR Librarian, Sue MacSwan, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2TQ, tel: 020 7282 2001, fax: 020 7282 2045, e-mail:

Press Enquiries:

ORR Press Office 020 7282 2007/2130/2002
Out of hours pager: 07659 127303

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