Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

GTR marks two years at the bottom of TOC performance table

GTR marks two years at the bottom of TOC performance table

18.11.16: It has now been two years since Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) dropped to the bottom of the public performance measure (PPM) table, with the latest quarterly figures from the ORR showing the operator recorded its lowest score since the time seri...

ORR confirms commitment to ‘incremental’ shift towards route-based regulation

ORR confirms commitment to ‘incremental’ shift towards route-based regulation

17.11.16: The ORR has confirmed it is pressing ahead with introducing regulation for each of Network Rail’s individual routes as it published the initial findings from its 2018 periodic review consultation – but as a result of industry concern...

Greater NR cost efficiency vital or ‘more jobs will get pulled’

Greater NR cost efficiency vital or ‘more jobs will get pulled’

10.11.16: Network Rail’s director of northern programmes has not ruled out further project deferrals by the infrastructure owner if costs are not kept under control. At this year’s TransCityRail North Conference, Chris Montgomery, who was...

NR route directors to become ‘customers’ from late November

NR route directors to become ‘customers’ from late November

10.11.16: From 21 November, Network Rail’s route services will be devolved to locally-based directors who will procure and manage the supply chain – moving away from the usual procedure of giving companies the services the infrastructure owner...

Minister presses Hendy to devolve Network Rail in Scotland amid budget issues

Minister presses Hendy to devolve Network Rail in Scotland amid budget issues

27.10.16: The Scottish government has demanded that Network Rail in Scotland be devolved after an independent report criticised it for allowing crucial improvement projects to go over budget. As of July 2016, the cost of the five Scottish rail upgrad...

Performance data will be ‘granular’ and operator-specific in CP6, NR reveals

Performance data will be ‘granular’ and operator-specific in CP6, NR reveals

26.10.16: The rail industry is preparing itself to introduce “newer metrics of performance” in the next control period so that passengers can access more “granular information” relevant to their type of service, rather than relying...

WYCA: Lack of Northern Route is ‘missed opportunity’

WYCA: Lack of Northern Route is ‘missed opportunity’

10.10.16: Transport leaders in the north of England have said Network Rail missed an opportunity to support rail devolution by not introducing a new route for the region. Network Rail announced last week that it will create a managing director to ove...

Hendy: Private investment needed as ‘doors shut to NR’s never ending debt’

Hendy: Private investment needed as ‘doors shut to NR’s never ending debt’

07.10.16: Businesses should provide some of the investment Britain’s rail network needs to grow, the chair of Network Rail has said. Delivering the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) annual Rail Lecture in London this week, S...

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Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20/01/2017Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, t... more >
Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20/01/2017Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was ... more >
‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20/01/2017‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent initiatives should help achieve this.  One initiative was a response to our four-year cam... more > more last word articles >

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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) hopes to submit its full application calling for a judicial review by the end of this month, after initially raising funds for the challenge... more >
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Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20/01/2017Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, p... more >
The data-driven railway

20/01/2017The data-driven railway

RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carryin... more >
Achieving efficiency through standards

17/01/2017Achieving efficiency through standards

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 tradin... more >
A digital railway for a modern Britain

17/01/2017A digital railway for a modern Britain

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an indus... more >

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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >