Network Rail regulation and performance

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

10.01.18: Govia Thameslink Railway has been panned by the National Audit Office (NAO) after a review found it offered the “worst performance on the network” and had not delivered value for money. The struggling franchise, which represents...

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

03.01.18: Carillion PLC, one of Network Rail’s biggest suppliers and a key HS2 contractor, is under investigation by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. The independent financial watchdog is looking into the “timeliness and conten...

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

07.12.17: Both the punctuality and the reliability of passenger rail services have improved in the second quarter of 2017-18 compared with both the same period last year and the final quarter of 2016-17. In its review of passenger and freight rail pe...

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

05.12.17: Train performance in England and Wales has improved but is still some way short of hitting both Network Rail and regulatory targets. The ORR’s Network Rail Monitor report for the last six-month period also shows that there has been si...

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

23.11.17: The current state of the rail network is not fit to support the new Thameslink Programme and will cause future delays and problems. It has been revealed – following an investigation from the National Audit Office (NAO) – that Ne...

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

21.11.17: Caledonian Sleeper services hit the bottom of Network Rail’s Public Performance Measures, with C2C topping the chart. Caledonian, which took over from First ScotRail in 2015, only had 73.8% of services come in within NR’s five-m...

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17.11.17: Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The infrastructure manager is looking for private bidders on a mostly leaseholder basis while retaining t...

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

16.11.17: Transport for the North (TfN) is likely to be officially recognised as a statutory body as transformative legislation lands in the House of Commons today – but the official deadline has been pushed back from this year to April 2018. L...

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30.10.17: The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re...

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

20.10.17: Network Rail has pocketed £35m from the sell-off of its National Logistics Centre in Ryton – representing the organisation’s largest-value property sale this year. The deal is part of NR plans to sell off infrastructure in...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09.10.17: Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical m...

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

25.09.17: The rail industry will now only be required to subscribe to one supplier assurance scheme, the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), as Network Rail today announced new arrangements for the delivery of the system. RISQS descr...

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...

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The ... more >
New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve trans... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the ... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >