Rail Sector Terminology

Rail Sector Terms

4 foot – The area between the rail tracks

6 foot – The area between two sets of tracks

Achilles RISQS – The accrediting body appointed by Network Rail to ensure that is has a system in place to manage the compliance that surrounds a supply chain

ATW – Authority to Work

CC – Crane Controller

CESS – Area between the side of the track and the trackside boundary

COSS – Controller of Site Safety

ES – Engineering Supervisor

GZAC Planner – The planner who books line blockages

HV Comp – High Voltage Competent Person

IWA – Individual Working Alone

Lift Plan – A lift plan must be generated if using any On Track Plant machinery

LKT – Lookout (can also perform Site Warden duties)

LXA – Level Crossing Attendant

MEWP – Mobile Elevated Working Platform

NOM – Nominated Person (involved with anything to do with Overhead Line Works)

NR AP – Network Rail Asset Protection

NR I – Network Rail Infrastructure

NR IP – Network Rail Investment Projects

NR LNE – Network Rail London North East

NR LNW – Network Rail London North West

NR SC – Network Rail Safety Central

OB – Overbridge

OLE – Overhead Line Equipment

PC – Protection Controller

PCL – Principal Contractor License

PICOP – Person in charge of possession

POS – Plant Operating Scheme

PPS – Possession Planning System

PTS – Personal Track Safety

PTS IRATA – A Personal Track Safety Person who is also accredited to execute rope access works

PWay – Permanent Way

RA – Risk Assessment

RAM – Route Asset Manager

RGS – Railway Group Standards

RRAP – Rail Road Access Control

RRV OTP Op – Road Rail Vehicle On Track Plant Operator

S&C – Switch and Crossings

SAC – Site Access Control

Sentinel – The online system used by all Link Up accredited contractors for the management of sponsorship and PTS compliance

SPICOP – Senior person in charge of possession

SSOW Planner – A qualified planner that generates a safe system of work with a rail focus, rather than general health and safety.

SW – Site Warden

Task Brief – A safety briefing document that must be used at the beginning of any railway shift

TL – Tandem Lift

TOC – Train Operating Company – a potential client

UB – Underbridge

UTX – Under track crossing

WPP – Works Package Plan