Guidance

Help notes for the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011

Help notes to to assist industry and others affected by the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011.

Documents

Background information about the interoperability help notes

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Glossary

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Roles and responsibilities

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Is my project within the scope?

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Project entities

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Notified bodies and designated bodies

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Upgrade and renewal

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Dispensations from Notified National Technical Rules

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Detail

These help notes are for the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 (RIR 2011) which apply to all of the United Kingdom including the British half of the Channel Tunnel.

These help notes are published by the Department for Transport (DfT) to assist industry and others who are affected by the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 to fulfil their statutory obligations. They do not cover every circumstance and users should consider seeking further advice from the appropriate safety authority (Office of Rail Regulation, Intergovernmental Commission and Department for Regional Development).

These help notes are produced in line with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills guide to code of practice on guidance which is available at: www.betterregulation.gov.uk.

The reader will find that the process-based parts of help notes variously use the two terms:

  • “must” and “shall”
  • “should” or “may”

“Must” or “shall” indicates that a statutory duty needs to be fulfilled.

“Should” or “may” indicates a recommendation to achieve the best outcome.

If you have any comments, queries or suggestions on existing or further help notes, please e-mail interoperability@dft.gsi.gov.uk.