Trial Running marks the point at which the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) apply for the first time in the Central Operating Section. This means Crossrail moves from following the construction regulations to following Rail regulations.
From that moment forward, TfL’s service and infrastructure managers will be accountable for the safety, operation and maintenance of the railway, and the Trial Running phase can formally start.
TfL then take over lead maintenance of 400,000 infrastructure assets, looking after the safety of the railway to make sure trains run reliably.
The move into ROGS is perhaps the biggest step in the delivery of the Elizabeth line so far. The benefits are significant, not least from gaining experience of using the new Railway Rule Book, but also the opportunity for our operational and maintenance staff to manage a ‘live railway’.
An extensive Health and Safety campaign was launched in February with the aim of briefing every person involved on the detail of what it is that they need to know for their roles and responsibilities at the transition to ROGS and the start of Trial Running. A large team has been involved in preparing materials, engaging with the supply chain and rolling out the campaign for the entire programme.
To find out more about ROGS and the Safety Management Systems, visit the ORR website.