Network Rail Scotland has not been compliant with standards when carrying out structure examinations, according to the regulator for health and safety on Britain’s railways.

In its annual assessment, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) stated they “remain concerned” about the level of non-compliance with structure examination standards in Scotland.

It follows a review by the ORR in March 2022 which found that overall non-compliance had “increased significantly” during the year.

The regulator stated that at the end of March 2022, there were 4,392 instances of non-compliance with its portfolio of 12,486 assets.

Across the UK, Network Rail has around 30,000 structures that need to be maintained.

These include structures such as bridges to make sure they are fit for purpose.

Many of them are over 100 years old but are still able to be used due to a “proactive” examination schedule implemented by Network Rail.

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