The rail industry, through tools such as the Safety Risk Model (SRM), has a good understanding of safety risk associated with today's railway. This has been achieved through the comprehensive collection of safety related data via the Safety Management Information System (SMIS), which is then used for safety performance reporting and risk modelling.
However, predominantly data-based models, whilst sufficient for understanding today's levels of risk, are not predictive, and do not give any information on how the risk will change in the future. Better predictive models of the future safety risk profile will enable the rail industry to be more proactive in its treatment of safety risk.
The workshop will aim to identify specific areas where the rail industry could fund further research and development and ultimately how to improve rail's ability to predict future risks.
For further information, please visit the page for "How safe will tomorrow’s railway be?" at the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) website.