Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

Two in five TOCs record significant delays on over 5% of services

Two in five TOCs record significant delays on over 5% of services

14.03.17: Almost 40% of operators in England and Wales have recorded significant delays of over half an hour, or cancellation altogether, on 5% or more of their services in the latest period, Network Rail figures have shown. Statistics for period 12...

NR confirms route devolution and new Western supervisory board

NR confirms route devolution and new Western supervisory board

23.02.17: Network Rail has today formally announced that significant powers and decision-making for routes have already been devolved to a local level. Speaking in its first report on progress since the publication of its transformation Plan, ‘...

Achieving efficiency through standards

Achieving efficiency through standards

17.01.17: Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the trading relationship of the rail industry and its supply chain in a post-Brexit world. You could be f...

Delivering on route devolution

Delivering on route devolution

17.01.17: At RTM’s recent Northern Powerhouse Rail Conference, Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s contracts and procurement director, explained the infrastructure owner’s decision to establish eight devolved routes, each with a managing directo...

Professor Peter Hansford to chair Network Rail competition review

Professor Peter Hansford to chair Network Rail competition review

07.12.16: Professor Peter Hansford has been named as the chair of Network Rail’s new competition and contestability review. The review, which will look at alternative methods for the organisation to complete projects, will begin its work immedi...

LU fined £500,000 after near-fatal lift shaft accident

LU fined £500,000 after near-fatal lift shaft accident

05.12.16: London Underground (LU) has been fined £500,000 for breaching health and safety law after a maintenance worker was left seriously injured from a fall in a disused Tube station in 2014. An investigation by the ORR into the incident at...

Carne opens NR doors to private funding with new review

Carne opens NR doors to private funding with new review

01.12.16: Network Rail will set up an independent review designed to open it up to competition in delivering projects, the infrastructure owner’s CEO Mark Carne has announced. In a speech to the annual The Future of Rail conference, Carne highl...

ORR: Shrunken NR renewals will have ‘adverse effect’ on assets

ORR: Shrunken NR renewals will have ‘adverse effect’ on assets

25.11.16: The ORR is predicting a greater reliance on a greater range of safety controls in order to maintain asset safety as a result of Network Rail’s (NR’s) shrunken renewals portfolio, with “some adverse effect” currently expec...

First options revealed for new performance measures in CP6

First options revealed for new performance measures in CP6

24.11.16: A series of new performance measures designed to replace the existing system in CP6 have already been identified by the industry, the ORR has revealed, with further ideas expected. In its half-year assessment of Network Rail, the regulator...

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particular age will recall with a warm glow the prestige of the British Rail Apprenticeship scheme and how th... more > more last word articles >

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Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

11/04/2017Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

Customers pulling their hair out at constantly leaving their valuables on the train may be in luck, as an innovative new system may help them track down their possessions. The system, FindMyLost, is a digital service which allows passengers and railway staff who find an item to put it online with a description, along with a photo and deta... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

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Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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