In view of the serious railway incidents happened in the past two years, new regulatory tools, including the Project Safety Review process in assessing railway operators’ applications for new railway projects; Comprehensive and Direct Assessment of the Safety Management System and Asset Management System for major railway systems (including rolling stock, signalling system, permanent way and power distribution system), etc., have been introduced to tighten the regulation of railway safety with a view to reducing the number of railway incidents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world and given us insights into how to manage the challenges of maintaining business going forward. It has given rise to a “new normal” where the Government and the railway industry have embraced more online tools and I&T solutions for meetings, training and the delivery of services to meet rising public expectations for greater convenience. Under this new normal, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has promoted wider application of innovation and technology for achieving the goal of safety regulation in a smarter way via real-time monitoring, AI and predictive maintenance. EMSD led by example and collaborated with the railway industry to develop a series of I&T applications for enhancing railway safety.