Network Rail regulation and performance

Government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets

Government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets

25.11.15: The government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets and re-invest the proceeds in rail infrastructure, subject to a value for money assessment.  The announcement, which echoes recent calls from the Shaw report, was buried in th...

National performance worsens – three TOCs sub-80% in period 8

National performance worsens – three TOCs sub-80% in period 8

23.11.15: Performance in period 8 has dived to 84.3% after staying around 90% over the past three months, as seasonal issues take their annual toll. The figure, covering 18 October to 14 November, is 0.3 percentage points down on the same period last...

Worst punctuality on Thameslink routes for a decade

Worst punctuality on Thameslink routes for a decade

20.11.15: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has recorded the worst quarterly punctuality figures for the routes it runs since 2004-5, at just 84%. Office of Rail and Road (ORR) figures have shown that the operator also had the steepest fall (3.2 percent...

Network Rail admits it was ‘overly ambitious’ with CP5 projects

Network Rail admits it was ‘overly ambitious’ with CP5 projects

20.11.15: Network Rail has admitted it was “overly ambitious” in what it could achieve with the funds and resources available in CP5.  Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC’s) report into Network Rail’s...

ORR needs ‘fundamental review’ after CP5 failures, say MPs

ORR needs ‘fundamental review’ after CP5 failures, say MPs

20.11.15: MPs have called for a “fundamental review” of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR’s) ability to “robustly scrutinise” Network Rail’s plans and cost estimates, saying the regulator may not be fit for purpo...

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

12.11.15: Network Rail could be fully privatised, or kept as a public sector body with concessions to private companies, as a result of recommendations from HS1 boss Nicola Shaw in her initial review of the infrastructure body. The Shaw report &ndash...

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

03.11.15: The East West Rail Western Section, between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, may be delayed by three to seven years after a Network Rail draft recommendation suggested the project should be delivered in three phases instead of...

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

01.11.15: Gov Dhinsa, asset engineer (compliance) for Network Rail’s Anglia route, in the buildings & civils asset management team, brought with him the skills and experience gained from his previous roles at Network Rail HQ. He describes his ro...

Never underestimate the assurance process

Never underestimate the assurance process

01.11.15: Chris Wilson, project engineering manager for Great Western Route Modernisation at Network Rail, discusses the complexities of parallel systems development and delivery. Engineers have been told to never underestimate the time it takes to g...

Uncertainty over what new GW electrification costs cover – ORR

Uncertainty over what new GW electrification costs cover – ORR

30.10.15: Network Rail’s new estimate of the cost of the Great Western electrification programme (GWEP), which has nearly doubled since last year, should not be accepted until independently verified, the ORR says.  In written evidence subm...

National rail performance crashes below 90% in period 7

National rail performance crashes below 90% in period 7

27.10.15: National performance in period 7 has crashed after improving steadily over the past two months, with the PPM figure slumping to 89.9%. The Network Rail published figure, which covers operator performance for 20 September to 17 October, is d...

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

21.10.15: Estimated costs associated with the Great Western electrification programme have nearly doubled since last year and now stand at up to £2.8bn, Network Rail boss, Mark Carne, confirmed today (21 October). The cost estimate, which stood...

National rail performance continues to recover in period 6

National rail performance continues to recover in period 6

20.10.15: National performance has improved marginally over the past month, with the PPM figure rising to 91.2%. The overall figure, which covers performance for 23 August to 19 September, is up from the 90.3% recorded during the previous period. ...

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

20.10.15: Network Rail spent £324m (12%) more on renewals during 2014-15 than the ORR signed off on, but has delivered “less than expected”.  In its ‘Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail 2014-15’...

ORR enforces improvement plan, but no punishment for Network Rail

ORR enforces improvement plan, but no punishment for Network Rail

16.10.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has concluded that Network Rail is already “taking action” to improve the planning and delivery of its CP5 enhancements programme following a formal investigation initiated after a series of missed m...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

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Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >