Network Rail regulation and performance

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

20.07.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today stated that there has been a significant decline in efficiency from Network Rail during CP5, as the infrastructure owner is carrying out its work 5% less efficiently than it did three years ago. I...

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

20.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to a higher volume of renewals activity in CP6 in order to “maintain safety and improve on current levels of reliability and punctuality” – but has pushed back the announcement of a...

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

18.07.17: Rail companies have today said that they are working together to adopt the most transparent method for recording train punctuality in Europe by measuring services to the minute. At present, train punctuality, or the public performance measu...

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

13.07.17: Network Rail has this week announced that it is supporting a major development at the Derby Triangle that will create 3,300 permanent jobs in the area. A resolution to grant outline planning permission was received yesterday for the 50-acre...

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26.05.17: The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR) being carried out by contractor Carillion. The news was broken as the company handed the union a consultation document...

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

25.05.17: Network Rail and operators have been told to improve their safety standards and data sharing after a passenger was killed last year when they stuck their head out of a train carriage.   The incident involved a passenger on the Gatwick...

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

15.05.17: The proportion of trains cancelled or significantly late (CaSL) in the last quarter of 2016-17 was the highest-ever nationally since 2002-03 and the highest in London and the south-east sector (LSE) for over 15 years, ORR figures have revealed. ...

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

09.05.17: After over two years of coming at the bottom of performance tables for operator punctuality, especially since its absorption of the entire TSGN franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is finally in the clear. In the public performance mea...

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

28.04.17: A new strategy designed to increase the capacity of the railway by running trains closer together has been launched by the RSSB. This includes developing a ‘technology roadmap’ for the closer running of trains and also the ident...

ORR to request process for improving NR route risk management

ORR to request process for improving NR route risk management

11.04.17: The ORR is to request that Network Rail puts in place a process to improve risk management at a local level across all its devolved routes, ensuring that any changes occur safely and in compliance with health and safety law, its business plan fo...

Over 40% of TOCs see rise in cancelled or significantly late trains in period 13

Over 40% of TOCs see rise in cancelled or significantly late trains in period 13

07.04.17: Almost 43% of TOCs saw a rise in the number of services that were cancelled or arrived at their terminating station more than 30 minutes late, Network Rail’s latest public performance measure (PPM) has revealed – a continuing trend f...

ORR publishes new safety guidelines for DCO trains

ORR publishes new safety guidelines for DCO trains

05.04.17: New safety principles on driver-controlled operation (DCO) have been published today by the ORR which establish a standard for train companies to adhere to in rolling out the measure. The guidelines set out six high-level principles for TOC...

NR confirms cost-cutting plans, but claims safety-critical jobs will not be lost

NR confirms cost-cutting plans, but claims safety-critical jobs will not be lost

03.04.17: Network Rail is currently preparing for a wave of cuts that could see 1,000 jobs axed, two unions have warned this week. In a statement sent to RTM, however, the infrastructure owner dismissed the claims as “scaremongering”, arg...

Strong National Systems Operator needed to counter route devo risks

Strong National Systems Operator needed to counter route devo risks

23.03.17: Engagement between Network Rail (NR), train operators and passengers must be “hardwired” into the periodic review process so that NR’s future business planning with regards to route devolution is driven by passenger concerns, J...

Hendy calls on industry to get behind Hansford Review into rail contestability

Hendy calls on industry to get behind Hansford Review into rail contestability

17.03.17: Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, has launched a consultation for the Hansford Review this week, calling on industry leaders to back the work of the review. The event, which took place on 15 March, was held at the Institute of Civi...

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Station... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

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East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of th... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology requir... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) have seen remarkable levels of satisfaction by the six operators we covered in Blackpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheff... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >