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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...

RDG asks for more options to enhance competition in CMA franchise probe

RDG asks for more options to enhance competition in CMA franchise probe

16.10.15: The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to reassess whether the four options it put forth to radically reform the franchising system actually promote efficiency and benefit local communities. ...

Network Rail, ORR and DfT bosses to be ‘held to account’ in CP5 inquiry

Network Rail, ORR and DfT bosses to be ‘held to account’ in CP5 inquiry

13.10.15: Network Rail, Department for Transport (DfT) and Office of Rail and Road (ORR) bosses will be investigated at a Westminster inquiry set to examine their involvement in planning CP5 and the implications of halting major electrification works. ...

RAIB: No reliable process for identifying long-term platform movements at NR

RAIB: No reliable process for identifying long-term platform movements at NR

09.10.15: Network Rail has been told to “review and improve” its process for managing clearances at platforms as current plans do not always identify the minimum spacing required.  The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) made t...

‘Give Hendy three years; if he can’t do it, no-one can’, says Anthony Smith

‘Give Hendy three years; if he can’t do it, no-one can’, says Anthony Smith

07.10.15: Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith has called on the government to resist the urge to impose structural change on Network Rail while new chair Sir Peter Hendy is still getting to grips with the role. In response to a question fro...

NR given another extension to find a way to avoid £2m fine

NR given another extension to find a way to avoid £2m fine

01.10.15: Network Rail has been given a further extension to find a way to avoid the £2m fine for breaching its licence over its poor performance on Southern, Govia Thameslink (GTR) and in Scotland in 2014-15, RTM has learned.  The infrast...

Exclusive: Network Rail in breach of enhancements delivery licence – ORR

Exclusive: Network Rail in breach of enhancements delivery licence – ORR

30.09.15: Network Rail has been found to be in breach of its licence in the delivery of its enhancement programmes, but is “taking steps” to address the gaps in its capability and planning, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). ...

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

25.09.15: Network Rail has been told to review its asset management strategy to improve the examination and maintenance of its ancillary structures following a collision between a train and a collapsed signal post at Newbury last November.  On 1...

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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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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

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Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

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Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

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The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

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Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >