Switch and Crossing Design Principles

Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with the relevant skills and underpinning knowledge in the principles of Switch and Crossing Design.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have a clear understanding of relevant standard drawings, Railway Group Standards, Network Rail Company Standards and Line Specifications relating to switch and crossing design
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of all component parts of switch and crossing
  • Be able to carry out a site assessment and complete a site survey
  • Be able to carry out the plotting from information gained on site
  • Be able to check and complete all relevant design calculations
  • Be aware of the need to satisfy client’s specification and requirement
  • Be able to check and complete all relevant information required for submission of design approval
  • Understand which department/ functions may be involved in S&C renewals and the need for clear and concise communication
  • Understand how to order S&C material and the relevant lead times
  • Have a clear understanding of all necessary information required for preparation of final drawings
  • Understanding of the principles of setting out and installing a S&C scheme

Course Duration

Ten days, consisting of two five day modules, Monday – Friday.


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will benefit the delegate: –

  • Prior technical experience in working in the Permanent Way environment
  • An understanding of Track Re-alignment by the “Hallade” Method
  • Good numeric skills
  • Be conversant with the use of surveying equipment

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 EN471:2003
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN397:1995
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A certificate will be awarded to delegates who can demonstrate his/her understanding of Switch and Crossing Design Principles.