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After an assessment has been completed, the Act states that the safety assessor must submit a written report to the licence holder and to the Transport Agency that considers and comments on certain matters, including:

  • the nature and extent of any non-compliances under section 7, 10-13, or any rules and regulations of the Act
  • the feedback received from rail personnel regarding safety matters (as a result of consultation under section 38)
  • whether risks are being managed ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’
  • whether any acts or failures to act are likely to result in an accident/serious incident
  • adherence to the conditions of the rail licence, and
  • adherence to the safety case and the safety system(s).

The assessment report will provide details of any non-compliances and make recommendations for safety improvements, which are collectively referred to as ‘findings’.

Draft report

Before the final report is issued, you (and representatives of your rail personnel) will receive a draft report that you can provide feedback on. If you have any questions or would like to clarify any misunderstandings on the part of the safety assessor, you should provide comments back to them before the consultation closing date.

Final assessment report

When you receive the final assessment report, the first thing you should do is read it carefully. It will contain information that will help you improve your business and comply with the Act.

For each finding in the report, you’ll need to start planning to make changes and be able to provide the Transport Agency with evidence before the stated due date. We need to be able to confirm that the requirements have been met before we can close each finding.