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Safety Risk Model ImageAt RSSB we’re here to support the rail industry to make the GB rail network the safest in Europe. The Rail Risk Portal is a platform for accessing outputs from RSSB’s work to help those operating the railway understand and manage safety risk.

These outputs include: results from our modelling of risk; analysis of safety data we have collected; and tools we have developed to support understanding of risk and inform decision making.


To access the Rail Risk Portal you must:

  • Register for an account
  • Request access to tools and information
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What is on this site

The Rail Risk Portal contains the following tools and information:

The information and supporting tools have been developed to enable our members in the GB rail industry to benchmark their performance and support them in formulating their own safety policies, plans and measures.

Buffer Stop Risk Assessment Tool

The Buffer Stop Risk Assessment Tool is designed to meet the requirements of section 11, Requirements for Buffer Stops and End Impact Walls, of RIS-7016-INS, 'Interface between Station Platforms, Track, Trains and Buffer Stops'.

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Definitions Dictionary

The Definitions Dictionary has been developed to provide users with definitions for terms used within the Rail Risk Portal and the tools available on it

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Geo-referenced Safety Risk Model

The GeoSRM provides localised risk estimates by taking into consideration local features. Access is only to support the research project T972.

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Platform Aerodynamic Risk Assessment Tool

The Platform Aerodynamic Assessment Tool assists users in carrying out a platform aerodynamic risk assessment.

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Red Aspect Approaches to Signals (RAATS)

This tool is for RSSB members only. It is currently a beta version undergoing verification and trial with selected users. Please contact Chris Harrison ( for further information.

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Safety Risk Model - Risk Profile Tool

The Risk Profile Tool – powered by SMIS – provides rail companies with an up-to-date, informed calculation of the nature of the health and safety risk they face, allowing them to make targeted, efficient intervention that improves safety and reduces cost.

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Signals Passed at Danger

The SPAD Risk Ranking Tool gives a measure of the level of risk associated with each SPAD that occurs, and as such enables the industrys performance to be measured in terms of a percentage reduction year on year

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Taking Safe Decisions & Taking Safe Decisions Analysis Tool

Taking Safe Decisions sets out the industry consensus view of how safety is taken into account when taking decisions. Taking safe decisions documents can be found on the main RSSB website. The analysis tool is available to RSSB members through the Rail-Risk-Portal.

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