Network Rail regulation and performance

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

30.07.18: The rail regulator has scolded Network Rail for its mismanagement of the chaotic new timetables that left many commuters stranded from 20 May. In a report released after a thorough investigation, the ORR demanded that Network Rail take four...

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

27.07.18: Network Rail has submitted its final proposals for the continuation of the East West Rail scheme, which could connect major southern cities including Oxford and Cambridge. In an announcement today, the government-backed rail network is plan...

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

23.07.18: Network Rail is nearing the end of the process to sell off its giant 5,500 infrastructure estate across England and Wales worth as much as £1.2bn. Following Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust’s withdrawal from the race last we...

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18.07.18:  A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust charity dropped out of the running for the bid which would pur...

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

12.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine. Former Network Rail chief, John Armitt, has said to the BBC that rail operators have taken a "very significant revenue risk" which has "got them into trouble." This is because the gov...

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

10.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Former CEO of Cunard Cruise Line and senior director at British Airways David Noyes will join Network Rail as a non-executive director. Noyes has experience in leading corporate organi...

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

06.07.18: The rail regulator has said Network Rail must do more to prepare ahead of its £34bn five-year plan for CP6. The ORR set out its annual assessment of the infrastructure owner’s performance in England and Wales this week, and high...

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

05.07.18: Network Rail has invested a record £4.1bn in the last financial year, despite profits falling from £483m to just £48m – a huge drop of 90%. The profit drop was assumed in the CP5 regulatory settlement determination...

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

28.06.18: As its response to the Hansford Review, which looked at how barriers can be broken to make it easier for organisations to invest in and build on the railway, Network Rail has produced a national framework which will help drive a consistent and t...

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

26.06.18: The Open for Business programme – Network Rail’s response to the Hansford Review – is breaking down barriers in the organisation to ensure suppliers have a greater say in the way projects are run and funded. David Ollerhead, th...

Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

21.06.18: Network Rail will be changing contract terms between subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to benefit thousands of small medium enterprises around the country. The publicly-financed organisation will now require suppliers to commit to s...

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20.06.18: Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn. A Contract Notice has been issued in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), opening up the contracts to inter...

Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

04.06.18: Business owners based in railway arches around the UK face closure as Network Rail goes ahead with plans to sell off infrastructure assets in a billion-pound sale. A buyer will purchase all 5,500 arches by the end of the year, which wi...

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

01.06.18: The major disruption faced by passengers following rail timetable changes could be investigated by MPs. Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, said that the transport secretary, Network Rail and the train operating companies have q...

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

25.05.18: Network Rail and Northern will commission an independent report and recommendations into the processes that led up to the TOC’s recent timetable change which, despite its long-term goal of improving services, has delivered an unacceptable am...

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Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25/02/2020Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the savin... more >
Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

25/02/2020Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

Today (Feb 25th) the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has pressed ahead with a new government campaign to improve jour... more >
Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25/02/2020Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits a... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >