The Railways Act 2005(external link) promotes the safety of rail operations. Part 3 of the Act sets out the law relating to management of the rail corridor. In several places, it also clarifies the responsibilities of Approved Organisations who are road-controlling authorities, the Transport Agency (state highways) and rail access providers.
Pertinent sections of the Act
The sections of the Act that especially affect Approved Organisations who are road-controlling authorities and the Transport Agency (state highways) are noted below:
- s.74 – railway drains
- s.75 – easements over railway land
- s.76 – lights and signs near a railway
- s.77 – prevention of damage to railway
- s.81 – warning devices at level crossings
- s.82 – gates and cattle stops
- s.83 – maintenance of railway crossings
- s.84 – management of railway along or across a road
- s.86 – rights of entry
- s.87 – maintenance of rail infrastructure on roads
- s.88 – notice before alteration of rail infrastructure on roads
- s.91 – charging for access to road reserve.