Rolling Stock

Transport written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to British Standard BS EN15663:2009, Railway applications, what the (a) usable standing area vehicle reference and (b) definition of vehicle reference masses is for (i) long distance and (ii) other rolling stock currently in use on the UK rail network or on order for future use; when that standard was last revised; and what the usable standing area vehicle reference and definition of vehicle reference masses were under the previous version of that standard.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

Standing area is defined as: The unobstructed area which can be used by passenger (e.g. vestibule, corridor, stairways, wheelchair area…).

The definitions of mass are contained in section 2.1 of the standard. These include: dead mass, design mass, design mass in working order, design mass under normal payload, design mass under exceptional payload, operational mass, operational mass in working order and operational mass under normal payload.

These characteristics are the same for both long distance and other rolling stock. The standard applies appropriate values to each of the mass definitions for each type of train. This standard was approved on 23 April 2009 and came into force by November (each member state has to individually adopt the standard).

This was the first issue of the standard, prepared under a mandate given to CEN by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of EU Directive 2008/57/EC so does not directly replace any previous standard.

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