RSK Business Solutions
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Service Description

RSK Business Solutions Ltd have carried out a number of Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessments for Level Crossing renewals as well as carrying out SORAT-LX Risk Assessments.

SORAT-LX Risk Assessment

RSK Business Solution Ltd are the industry experts on SPAD (Signal Passed at Danger) risk and have developed the SORAT system along with Network Rail in order to manage the risk of a train to train collision following a SPAD. The system algorithms within SORAT are limited to the consequences of a train to train collision, however, more recently RSSB have completed a research project (T1007) into the scenario of a SPAD of a signal protecting a Level Crossing and have signed off a set of algorithms to quantify this scenario which it is envisaged will be built into the SORAT system in the next release.

RSK Business Solutions Ltd were part of the steering group for the development of the SORAT-LX algorithms and are the first company to use the spreadsheet on a live project in order to assess the risk to the passengers, staff and level crossing users following a SPAD.

Suitable and Sufficient Level Crossing Risk Assessments

RSK Business Solutions Ltd have carried out a number of Suitable and Sufficient Level Crossing Risk Assessments for level crossing renewals. This Rail Risk Management is focussed on optioneering of crossing types and mitigation measures required based upon the location and use of the Level Crossing.


Level Crossing Risk Management

The Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessment process requires the review of the available documentation including previous incident data followed by a site survey in order to identify any potential local hazards and carry out interviews with local crossing users and crossing keepers. A 9 day traffic census is also carried out in order to assess the use and potential level of misuse of the level crossing. As part of the assessment, potential options are identified and we request from the level crossing managers that an ALCRM assessment is run for various options in advance of a Workshop at which the options are discussed with the stakeholders. The output of the Workshop will be the proposed crossing type required for the location and this will be written up in the final report.

Key Projects

  • Oulton Broad North Level Crossing Barrier Downtime Reduction

    Client: Kier MG
    Scope: SORAT-LX Risk Assessment of protecting signals at Oulton Broad North
  • Wigan to Southport Level Crossing Renewel

    Client: Network Rail
    Scope: Suitable and sufficient Level Crossing Risk Assessment of four Level Crossings between Wigan and Southport
  • 9 Day Traffic and Pedestrian Census Surveys

    Client: Various
    Scope: 9 day traffic and pedestrian census surveys for both road and footpath level crossing risk assessments including barrier down times and blocking back incident reporting.


AM Rail Group has worked closely with RSK’s risk assessment team on the Doncaster Connectivity project. RSK Business Solutions Ltd proved that they were able to deliver and adapt quickly to changes in scope that are inevitable at GRIP 3 and 4 design stage. RSK Business Solutions Ltd SORAT and Level Crossing risk team continue to support AM Rail Group on a number of level crossing renewals and re-signalling schemes and we look forward to continuing and strengthening this partnership in the future
Miles Hancock | AM Rail | Managing Director
Colas recently worked with RSK Business Solutions Rail team to provide SORA support on the Thameslink London Bridge Stage works. Colas, as part of the Wessex Capacity Alliance, also contracted RSK Business Solutions Ltd to provide Operational Risk Assessment expertise to the Wessex Capacity Improvement Project – Waterloo Approaches. Their staff have always been professional and courteous and have been reactive to the pressures of delivering such large and high profile projects. We look forward to continuing this partnership on future projects
CJ Lansom | Colas Rail | Operations Manager (Signalling) - Rail Systems

DEG Signal have contracted RSK Business Solutions Ltd on many occasions in order to provide Operational Risk Assessments for our GRIP 3 and 4 signalling design projects. RSK Business Solutions risk team have proved to be experts in their field and make themselves available to give advice whenever it is requested of them. When working with RSK Business Solutions Ltd we can rest assured that the operational risk elements of our projects are covered so that we can concentrate on our core design and project management functions and deliver our projects to the satisfaction of our clients. We would look forward to continuing our collaboration with RSK Business Solutions Ltd on future projects.

Russell Gell FIRSE  | DEG Signal | Engineering Director

Mott MacDonald has contracted RSK Business Solutions Ltd for over 10 years to support us with operational risk assessment on many of our signalling projects. Their team of risk assessors have proved to be competent, approachable and have always worked with us to achieve some challenging deadlines.

David Teasdel | Mott MacDonald | Railway Signalling Consultant Engineer

Babcock International (then First Engineering Ltd) first worked with RSK Business Solutions Ltd in 2004 on the West Coast Modernisation Project Line Speed Enhancements. Since then they have provided operational risk assessment support on many infrastructure and signalling projects of varying sizes. The RSK Business Solutions Ltd team have always been attentive to our requirements and professional in their manner. They continue to be flexible and committed to meet the deadlines of our projects and as the technical experts we know that RSK Business Solutions Ltd can be relied upon to provide the right advice at the right time. I look forward to working with the team on future projects.

Brad Thompson | Babcock International Group | Signalling Design Consultant

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