On-Track Plant Operations Scheme (POS)

Safety is a core value and key to Network Rail’s success in delivering a better railway for a better Britain. Network Rail aims to create an environment where everyone (NR employees, contractors or sub-contractors) want to act and behave in a safe manner,

To support this aim Network Rail has made a step change in the management of plant safety on its managed infrastructure.  A key element of this is the On-Track Plant Operations Scheme (POS) which has introduced revised and updated processes to support safe planning, control and use of on-track plant (OTP). The site management and control of OTP will only permitted by those organisations approved as a POS provider.
Phase 1 of the POS was launched into the contractor community in January 2014, as a direct replacement for the Rail Plant Operating Company in Possessions Licence (POL). A six month transition period followed for those POL holders who qualified for the POS to transfer over to the new scheme. The scheme became fully effective for the contractor community on the 28th June 2014.

Phase 2 of the POS was launched into the Network Rail community in December 2015. This aligned with the publication of the revised NR/PLANT/0200 – Infrastructure Plant Manual (IPM) which incorporates Module P521 – On-Track Plant Operations Scheme. The implementation date for Module P521 by Network Rail and its contractors was the 7th March 2016.

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