Iarnród Éireann Third Party Works
Outside people or agencies on occasion wish to carry out works which affect the railway. There are many examples of this, which can range from such as pipes under the railway, construction of bridges or other structures over the line. In this context, we call such people “third parties”.
The Railway Safety Act 2005 places an obligation on all persons carrying out any works on or near the railway to ensure that there is no increase in risk to the railway as a consequence of these works.
In the interests of national development, IÉ aims to facilitate works by a third party in a timely manner while safeguarding the railway’s interests, of which a primary one is of course safety.
We have prepared standards for the information of third parties which shows the main processes for meeting IÉ’s requirements.
CCE-TMS-310 Guidance on Third Party Works
This should be consulted first. It provides preliminary guidance for third parties on:
- What to expect
- Who to contact
- How permission to carry out the works may be granted
- What activities will be charged for
- What supplementary information may be required, such as method statements, design approvals and movement monitoring
DEP-0121 Third Party Works: Additional Details of Railway Safety Requirements
This gives comprehensive advice on safety issues during planning and construction phases.
Contractor Personal Track Safety (PTS) Training Course and Medical Requirements
IÉ Contractor PTS – UPDATE
IE Contractor PTS – VALIDITY EXTENSION
All current IE Contractor PTS Certificates which are due to expire between 1st January 2020 and 30th September 2020 will be extended to the 31st December 2020 (retain your current certificate).
If the medical of the IE Contractor PTS Certificate holder comes out of date within this time frame (1st January 2020 and 30th September 2020) this will also be extended in line with the IE Contractor PTS validity extension provided the sponsoring company emails email@example.com declaring that to the best of their knowledge there has been no substantive change to the health of the named Certificate holder, attach a copy of their current IE Contractor PTS Certificate to the email.
IÉ Contractor PTS- TRAINING
Where training is required applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for validation (please check the submission guidelines on the IÉ Contractor PTS Application Form). PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NO LONGER ACCEPT POSTAL APPLICATIONS.
A REMOTE version of the IÉ Contractor PTS training course is now available (see technical requirements), we utilise MICROSOFT TEAMS to host this training. Each week we have a limited number of places available. The latest version of the application forms are available from the following link:
If there is an urgency to your requirement for training it is advised that your point of contact/ project manager from Iarnród Éireann presents a business case to the Training Centre outlining the nature of this training requirement. Available places will be assigned strictly according to business need, on a case by case basis. We will always endeavour to facilitate all training requests as quickly as possible.
Iarnród Éireann understands that nominees will have varying degrees of technical experience and ability. Due to the key role technology plays in REMOTE learning nominees must be able to engage with relevant technologies to a minimum level. It is expected that nominees should have minimum computer skills. Nominees should be familiar with using email and browsing the internet.
We are in the process of returning to traditional face to face training with a limited number of attendees per course, as the current Covid-19 situation can be very fluid it would be advisable that nominees should also meet the technical requirements for REMOTE training in the event that we cannot facilitate face to face training. It is envisaged for the moment that both training platforms will be available.
For face to face training it is now a requirement that each nominee will need to complete an IÉ Contractor PTS- Commence Training Form – Covid-19 which must be submitted 3 days prior to the confirmed training date to email@example.com
Each nominee will need access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.
Compatible Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 10
Web Browser: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome (latest version)
Compatible Operating System: OS X
Web Browser: Safari (latest version), Firefox (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
Android: Compatible with Android tablets
Limited to the last four major versions of Android
iOS: Compatible with iPad
Limited to the two most recent major versions of iOS
For the best experience with Teams, use the latest version of iOS and Android.
While smartphones may allow for some completion of the training course, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas due to compatibility issues. Please ensure you have a PC or Mac based computer or tablet available to complete the training course.
Compatible webcam (Webcams will be active during the training programme, you are not permitted to record the training session)
Compatible microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent device (microphones will be active during the training programme, you are not permitted to record the training session)
Please check back in from time to time as we will periodically update this message as the National Coronavirus Emergency changes.
Kind Regards and Stay Safe
IM Training and Development Department
Third party personnel who have to work on or near the railway line are required to attend the IÉ Contractor Personal Track Safety (PTS) Training Course delivered by Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) and to possess a current Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate. IÉ Contractor PTS application form can be found by clicking on the link.
Prior to attending the (PTS) Training Course prospective attendees must meet the medical standards set out by the Chief Medical Officer Iarnród Éireann as stipulated in the IÉ Contractor PTS Medical Guidelines. IE Contractor PTS medical form can be found by clicking on the link. Prospective attendees are also required to fill out the IÉ Contractor PTS Commence Training Form (Covid-19).
Third parties are advised to arrange for this well in advance of the time their personnel are due to go on or near the railway line, and to factor this into their project timescale.
CCE-TRK-SPN-010 Third Party Works: Specification for Movement Monitoring of Track
This gives requirements for movement monitoring of track, if that is required.