NETWORK RAIL

Electrical Safety Principles

In 2014, Navitas Engineering was commissioned by Network Rail Energy Services, to develop a suite of Electrical Safety Principles relating to a.c. and d.c. railway electrification, as well as HV distribution.

The aim of this workstream was to provide and demonstrate an approach to compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, in relation to the design, operation and maintenance of Network Rail’s new electrification infrastructure and electrical power assets.

The development of these principles required significant input from key stakeholders across the business, taking lead roles in forums and workshops comprising business and industry wide stakeholder representation, as well as input from the wider railway and electricity supply industry.

The principles have provided direction in the use and application of International, European and British standards, in relation to Network Rail electrical systems, as well as defined safety related design parameters that will inform Network Rail’s future Electrification and Plant specifications.

Navitas Engineering's performance in supporting this workstream has led to significant further work for Network Rail STE in support of the ESD programme, such as the development and implementation of the Great Western New Electrification Isolation and Earthing requirements.

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