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Railtrack should lose safety case role


RAILTRACK should no longer be responsible for assessing train operators' safety cases Cullen recommends.

Instead the HSE should take sole charge of the approvals, consulting Railtrack. Previously, Railtrack could make recommendations to the HSE on whether to accept safety cases or not.

Train operators must submit a safety case to show that risks associated with their operations have been reduced as low as reasonably practicable.

Cullen's report also calls for a streamlining of the vehicle approvals system. At the moment hundreds of new vehicles are standing in sidings awaiting safety clearance.

The report wants the new industry safety body to improve the present system that involves duplication of acceptance procedures by Railtrack and the HSE.

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