The LRSSB will be pressing ahead with work for light rail safety in the UK after the government allocated £3.3 million in funding.
The money will be used on a number of projects over the next three years, split into about £1.1 million every year.
The safety and standards body was formed in 2019 under the guidance of the Office of Rail and Road and with support from the Department for Transport as part of a response to the Sandilands incident in Croydon. It was set up to provide important support and guidance to light railway operations and the tramway sector.
Following a “temperature check” review in March 2022, ORR said that industry stakeholders recognised the value the body brought, bringing structure to the tram sector’s understanding of risk and associated controls. It also delivered guidance and tools for the industry.
ORR said that LRSSB has clearly “filled a gap” for which there was a continued need.
The new funding is part of a wider £4.5 million package for light rail from the DfT that also includes support for UKTram – the sector’s representative body.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere, who oversees light rail for the UK Government, said: “Light rail is a fantastic way to keep our country moving quickly, efficiently and sustainably.
“Our £4.5 million investment towards improving tram safety is a key step forward for the development of light rail in the UK and will help pave the way for an urban mobility revolution up and down the country.”
UK Tram managing director, James Hammett, said: “Tramways and similar urban transit systems have a vital role to play in improving connectivity, reducing harmful carbon emissions and boosting regional economies,” he explained.
“With continued funding, we will be able to start work on the implementation of a bold strategy for the future of light rail.”