Railway byelaws

Explains what the railway byelaws are, why they have been made and how they can be enforced and interpreted.


Railways Byelaws

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The current national Railway Byelaws were made in 2005 by Statutory Instrument under section 219 of the Transport Act 2000. There have subsequently been 2 amendments, these being:

  • an alteration in September 2011 of the definition of “railway” to remove from its scope all railway assets of Transport for London as well as trains, vehicles and any associated equipment plus references to London Underground Limited and Tube Lines Limited from the list of excluded operators in Schedule 2
  • alteration to the list of excluded operators as shown in Schedule 2 in December 2013 by inserting “Merseyrail Electrics Limited 2002” with the effect that railway assets owned by or under the management of that company are excluded from the national Railway Byelaws

The first amendment allowed Transport for London to set its own byelaws covering such issues as a general alcohol ban on its network and ensures that there will be a consistent approach to the application of byelaws where national rail and Transport for London services share stations and facilities.

The second change takes effect from 18 January 2014 and will allow Merseyrail to set its own byelaws which will include a general ban on the carriage of open containers, and consumption of alcohol on Merseyrail services and stations. The new Merseyrail Byelaws will be same as the national Railway Byelaws in all other respects.


Published 22 September 2011