Weather - Managing the Operational Risks
|Publication Date:||1 June 2019|
The Railway Operational Code outlines the industry requirements to:
a) sustain the operation of train services on the network in accordance with the working timetable;
b) restore operations following a disruption in accordance with the working timetable, taking into account:
• the interests of safety and security;
• the needs of passengers and freight customers; and
• the efficient and economical operation of the network and of trains operating on it.
In order to meet these requirements, the Railway Operational Code directs Network Rail to provide an integrated weather management plan at Route level to manage the operational disruptions resulting from weather hazards.
This business process has been put in place to meet this obligation. This document applies to these activities:
a) forecasting of weather to manage:
• routine preparation, planning and response to weather hazards;
• seasonal weather preparation and its management; and
• near real-time monitoring of weather hazards.
b) recovery and lessons learnt from weather hazard responses;
c) weather hazard contingency planning, plan rehearsal and exercising; and
d) vulnerable asset response planning.
This document together with NR/L3/OPS/021 mandates how Network Rail:
a) prepares, manages and responds to operational risks arising from adverse and extreme weather events;
b) prepares for, mitigates and manages seasonal weather-related activities.
In addition, it provides guidance to train and freight operators on their actions to manage weather hazards.
This business process supports the rail industry in managing its response to weather. It enhances industry safety, reduces operational risk and minimises the impact of weather hazards on passengers and the public.