Network Rail regulation and performance

Network Rail fined £2m over licence breach

Network Rail fined £2m over licence breach

10.08.15: Network Rail will have to pay a potential £2m fine for breaching its licence over its poor performance on Southern, Govia Thameslink (GTR) and in Scotland in 2014-15, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has stated.  A failure to pr...

Exclusive: Project delivery problems 'systemic' at Network Rail – ORR

Exclusive: Project delivery problems 'systemic' at Network Rail – ORR

07.08.15: Weaknesses in Network Rail’s project development and delivery are “systemic” and the infrastructure owner may be in breach of its licence as regards the delivery of its enhancement programmes, according to the Office of Rail an...

NR’s CP5 capability plan must ensure work ‘adequately resourced’ – ORR

NR’s CP5 capability plan must ensure work ‘adequately resourced’ – ORR

03.08.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has told Network Rail that milestones for “early improvements” and ensuring work is “adequately resourced” must play a central part in responding to the delivery challenges of CP5.  ...

Network Rail knew in March it might defer CP5 schemes – and told DfT

Network Rail knew in March it might defer CP5 schemes – and told DfT

24.07.15: RTM has seen a letter from Mark Carne sent to shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood MP that makes clear ‘deferral’ of major schemes was being considered back in March 2015. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP has repeatedl...

McLoughlin hints at true size of CP5 enhancement over-spend: £2bn

McLoughlin hints at true size of CP5 enhancement over-spend: £2bn

21.07.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin gave more insight into the scale of the problem with the CP5 enhancements programme under close questioning from the Commons transport committee yesterday – and said he does not want a repeat of the h...

HS1 chief to investigate NR’s future ‘shape and financing’

HS1 chief to investigate NR’s future ‘shape and financing’

08.07.15: Nicola Shaw, chief executive of HS1, is to ‘advise’ the government on how it should approach the longer-term future shape and financing of Network Rail.  Working closely with Sir Peter Hendy, Network Rail’s new chairm...

National rail performance holds firm in Period 3

National rail performance holds firm in Period 3

08.07.15: National performance on the railways has held firm over the past month, with the PPM figures for period 3 reaching 91.2%.  The figure, which covers performance for 31 May to 27 June 2015, is marginally lower than the 91.7% recorded in...

Hendy to provide tough love for TOCs and Network Rail execs

Hendy to provide tough love for TOCs and Network Rail execs

26.06.15: Train operators and Network Rail executives could be in for some tough love as the man who described London’s suburban rail services as “shit” and compared their conductors to the Gestapo takes charge of the UK’s rail inf...

McLoughlin scraps role of Network Rail public members in governance overhaul

McLoughlin scraps role of Network Rail public members in governance overhaul

25.06.15: Patrick McLoughlin has announced that none of Network Rail’s executive directors will receive a bonus for the past year, the role of public members will end and a special director has been appointed with immediate effect. During the t...

Parry-Jones pushed out at Network Rail; Peter Hendy takes over

Parry-Jones pushed out at Network Rail; Peter Hendy takes over

25.06.15: Richard Parry-Jones has been replaced as chair of Network Rail by Sir Peter Hendy, the current transport commissioner for London. After losing confidence in Parry-Jones’ ability to oversee Network Rail effectively after a series of mi...

Network Rail Consulting to deliver first phase of California high speed railway

Network Rail Consulting to deliver first phase of California high speed railway

15.06.15: A consortium including Network Rail Consulting has been awarded a £453m contract for the first phase of California’s high-speed rail project. The consortium is led by Parsons Brinckerhoff and includes Network Rail's internationa...

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

15.06.15: David Goddard, head of Data Collection Service Enhancement at Network Rail, discusses the challenge of optimising infrastructure data measurement going forward. Network Rail is starting to consider the feasibility of moving equipment from i...

South West alliance begins to unravel as Network Rail takes back infrastructure control

South West alliance begins to unravel as Network Rail takes back infrastructure control

12.06.15: Infrastructure decisions are being put back in the hands of Network Rail for the South West Trains route. The alliance between Network Rail and South West Trains is to be ‘reshaped’ with the post of route managing director to be...

ORR to grill Network Rail over CP5 missed targets

ORR to grill Network Rail over CP5 missed targets

12.06.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is investigating Network Rail’s performance and its capability to deliver the massive CP5 enhancements programme, having missed 30 of its 84 milestones for 2014-15 and with many projects facing delays and...

Network Rail reports 51% fall in profit

Network Rail reports 51% fall in profit

11.06.15: Network Rail has reported a 51% fall in pre-tax profit as it publishes its full year results. The rail infrastructure company said that accounting changes and a decision by the ORR to reduce its income by £246m were the reasons behind...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >