BS 9992:2020 Fire safety in the design, management and use of rail infrastructure. Code of practice

BS 9992:2020

Fire safety in the design, management and use of rail infrastructure. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : April 2020



What is BS 9992:2020 about? 

This is a comprehensive new British Standard on the fire safety aspects of railway station and tunnel design. Until now, no single British Standard existed in this area and those who design, manage and procure works on railway infrastructure have had to use a range of existing codes that provide partial and sometimes outdated guidance. BS 9992:2020 has therefore plugged a growing gap.

Who is BS 9992:2020 for?

  • Railway operators and infrastructure managers
  • Train Operating Companies (TOCs) – safety managers, station and tunnel managers and engineers
  • Design houses (single and multi-disciplinary) – project managers, project engineers and fire safety engineers
  • Architects of railway infrastructure
  • Building contractors (project managers, project engineers)
  • System design contractors (engineers)
  • Suppliers and installers of fire protection systems in railway infrastructure (fire detection and alarms, fire suppression systems, smoke control ventilation, pressurisation and extract systems, fire resisting structures and separating elements, materials with fire performance requirements)
  • Regulators and maintainers

Why should you use BS 9992:2020?

It provides recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of railway buildings, and the permanent way to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around rail infrastructure. It covers:

  • Stations (surface, sub-surface and enclosed)
  • Platforms
  • Tunnels
  • Viaducts
  • Elevated rail
  • Train care deports and maintenance facilities
  • Training facilities
  • Sidings
  • Signalling/control facilities
  • Ancillary buildings

The main aim is to achieve an adequate standard of life safety in the event of fire. A secondary objective is protecting property and the operation of the railway and businesses against the impact of fire. These objectives can also assist fire and rescue services and provide environmental protection.

The recommendations given apply to the design of new premises, and to material alternations, extensions and material change of use of existing premises. 

NOTE 1: BS 9992:2020 does not cover fire safety of rolling stock, or fire safety design strategies for extreme events such as terrorist actions.

NOTE 2: BS 9992:2020 complements BS 9999 and varies from it only where appropriate to support the particular ways in which railway infrastructure is constructed or operated. Where recommendations are not explicitly included, then the default is that BS 9999 be referred to for relevant guidance.  A fire safety engineering approach as detailed in BS 7974 might be more appropriate in the design of some complex railway premises.

BS 9992:2020 can contribute towards users achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and well-being, and Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure.


Standard NumberBS 9992:2020
TitleFire safety in the design, management and use of rail infrastructure. Code of practice
Publication Date30 April 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 12845, BS 3251, BS 8300-2, BS 5839-9, BS EN ISO 7243, BS EN 115-1, BS 8591, BS 6266, BS 5499-10, BS 6164, BS EN 16191, BS EN 15663, BS EN 61508-1:2010, BS EN IEC 60332-3-24:2018, BS 9990:2015, BS EN 45545-2:2013+A1:2015, BS EN 13501-1:2018, BS EN 61034-2:2005+A2:2020, BS EN 13501-2:2016, BS EN IEC 60332-3-25:2018, BS EN 13501-6:2018, BS 5839-1:2017, BS EN 50305:2020, BS EN 81-72:2015, BS 8519:2010, BS 9999:2017, BS 5499-4, BS ISO 3864-1, BS 5839-8, BS 5266-1, BS 5306-8, BS 5395-1, BS 5041-3, BS 5306-3, BS EN ISO 12922, BS EN ISO 7010, BS 4142, ISO 384-1, BS 7273-4, BS 336, BS EN 1992-1-2, ISO 834, BS EN 12101, BS 8489-1, BS EN 16034
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 795:2012, Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) (England) Regulations 2009, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, BS 7883, Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, BS EN 45545, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, BS EN 81, Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989, Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, BS 8492, BS 7974, Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010, CEN/TR 12101-5, BS 5306-0, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Draft Superseded By19/30370288 DC
DescriptorsRailways, Management, Design, Fire safety, Infrastructure
ISBN978 0 580 52282 6
File Size4.806 MB

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