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