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Section 37 of the Railways Act 2005(external link) (the Act) provides for the Transport Agency to carry out ‘ordinary’ and ‘special’ safety assessments to gain assurance that licence holders are operating in compliance with the Act, their approved safety case and their underlying safety system.

These pages explain to you (as a licence holder) what a safety assessment involves, including when it happens, how to prepare for it and what will be required of you on the day. It also explains the process for finalising an assessment report and provides guidance for how you can manage any findings that were a part of it.

Note: Special safety assessments are less common and only come about when there are reasonable grounds to believe that a rail participant’s activities could cause an accident, so need to be looked at specifically.

Print version: You can also download a print version of these guidelines [PDF, 1.5 MB]