Network Rail regulation and performance

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

11.09.17: Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise e...

Questions remain

Questions remain

11.09.17: Peter Loosley, policy director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), says that the government’s acceptance of increased renewals volumes in CP6 is welcome – but significant questions remain over funding and CP5 renewals. Th...

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

04.09.17: Government must do more to support the rail sector, particularly in relation to the stop-start funding of Network Rail control periods and the peaks and troughs of other major projects, the CEO of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has state...

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

01.09.17: I have always firmly believed improving Britain’s railway is vital for economic growth, jobs and housing. The railway has been growing by 3-4% for 20 years, representing the fastest level of growth in the last hundred years – and pas...

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

31.07.17: A number of major reforms, including the publication of a ‘pipeline’ of opportunities for third parties by Network Rail’s routes by the end of the year, have been announced to enable companies in the private sector to be more d...

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...

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Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

22/09/2017Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

Passengers travelling between Manchester and York could be the first in the north to enjoy an intercity railway that use... more >
Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

22/09/2017Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services. A... more >
£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

22/09/2017£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

The major £120m development of Glasgow Queen Street has this week entered its next phase as work is now underway t... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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Investing in rail in the north

22/09/2017Investing in rail in the north

Rob Morris, director of operation at Siemens Rail Automation UK, runs through his organisation’s impressive track record across the north. With the Northern Powerhouse and Transport for the North programmes both firmly established as key drivers for investment and growth across the north of England, much of the region’s rail n... more >
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Wirral Loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

21/09/2017Wirral Loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

Wayne Menzies, head of rail for Merseytravel and chair of the Liverpool City Region’s Major Events Transport Board, discusses the recently ... more >
Crossrail: track installation complete

21/09/2017Crossrail: track installation complete

Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on ... more >
Ballast or slab?

21/09/2017Ballast or slab?

As HS2 moves forward, William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the Uni... more >
A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >

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Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

21/09/2017Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for th... more >