Raising and Removing Speed Restrictions Following Civil Engineering Work – “Trackback” Initial

Course Aims

This course is intended to affirm the understanding of the requirements and procedures for the Raising or Removing of Speed Restrictions, in accordance with the current Network Rail Standards, Track Work Instructions and Track Engineering Forms.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be re-appraised of the requirements for Raising and Removing Temporary Speed Restrictions
  • Be aware of current standards and specifications
  • Be able to identify safety critical and non-critical track defects
  • Have the ability to carry out a practical assessment of track geometry, stability and physical characteristics

Course Duration

Five days in total, consisting of:-
Three days training
Two days theoretical and practical assessments


Delegates should have an in-depth knowledge and experience in the Permanent Way and in particular Track Geometry.
Please refer to NR/L2/TRK/001/Mod13 for information on required level of knowledge and experience to attend this course. If your experience is limited to Civil Engineering your certificate may be restricted to reflect your limited track knowledge.

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: –

  • Valid P. T. S. Card
  • Protective “all orange” High Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge and practical on-site assessment.
This certificate may be restricted to reflect any limited track geometry knowledge. Your responsible manager will then need to complete a TEF3246 to authorise your level of competence before you are authorised to undertake trackback duties.