Heritage railways

Overview: we have continued to encourage the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) to take a greater leadership role over its sector, particularly on the maintenance and compliance with HRA's core guidance and standards for the industry. This was an important step and significant progress has been made, but board governance and staff competency are still not where we want them to be. We continue to maintain our support to the industry by hosting workshops to communicate new initiatives. 

Evidence: we focused on getting heritage operators to maintain, develop and comply with their own customised safety management system (SMS), following our targeted enforcement in 2010-12. More remains to be done to bring operators' SMSs up to an appropriate standard. Crucially, our focus in 2014-15 and into the future is on getting operators to develop and maintain strong board governance and staff competency arrangements for themselves. Our level of enforcement remained low key compared to 2010-12.