50950 Change of standard regarding posting in the late notice case
September 2012 in Train Operations
Rules and procedures
A reporter is concerned that Drivers no longer have the
opportunity to learn about Emergency Speed Restrictions (ESRs) for
the whole route they work over. This is following a recent change
to what should be posted in the late notice case.
The reporter has been informed that the new standard only
requires ESRs to be posted in the late notice case for the most
complex part of the route the Drivers work over. However, the
reporter states that this may only cover about two percent of the
route in some instances.
As Drivers are no longer getting advanced warning about ESRs,
the reporter feels that this is lowering the level of safety on the
Could RSSB clarify:
- What the current standard states should be posted in the late
- If the standard for posting ESRs in the late notice case has
been changed. If yes, explain why and if this has been risk
Response from RSSB
There is noRailway Group Standardthat states what should be
posted in the late notice case. Train operators or freight
operators may however have their own internal standards. Some
locations have no late notice cases and Drivers sign in remotely.
Because there is no longer aRailway Group Standardthat states what
should be posted in the late notice case no changes have recently
The rules did change in June 2008 when it was no
longer a requirement for Operations Control to issue a special
notice to each train operator if an ESR will be in place for more
than a short time. This was agreed by the industry based on the
fact that the boards that are in place are sufficient to inform
Drivers of the ESR. There is still a requirement for the Signaller
to inform each Driver before the boards are in place.