Network Rail regulation and performance

Average rail performance continues to drop nationally

Average rail performance continues to drop nationally

15.01.16: The trend in national rail performance looks set to hit its lowest level in eight years, as operators failed to recover during period 10. The Network Rail published figure, which covers operator performance for 13 December to 9 January, sho...

Caledonian Sleeper performance crashes in period 9

Caledonian Sleeper performance crashes in period 9

23.12.15: It’s been a difficult few months for the Caledonian Sleeper as its performance dropped by a staggering 22.3 percentage points since the same period last year, now standing at 72.3%. The Network Rail figure, covering 15 November to 12...

ORR’s chief exec to step down in early 2016

ORR’s chief exec to step down in early 2016

22.12.15: Richard Price is to step down as chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) early in the New Year.  Price, who joined the ORR board in 2011 on a five-year fixed-term contract, will be replaced on an interim basis by Joanna Wh...

McLoughlin appoints interim chair of ORR

McLoughlin appoints interim chair of ORR

17.12.15: Professor Stephen Glaister, a former director of the RAC Foundation for motorists, has been appointed the interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a 12-month period.  Prof Glaister, who has served as a non-executive direc...

Network Rail asset sell-off could hit devolution plans – TfGM

Network Rail asset sell-off could hit devolution plans – TfGM

17.12.15: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says Network Rail’s plans to sell off £1.8bn of non-core assets to meet the rising costs of its enhancement programme could “impact on plans for development and devolution”.  ...

Revenue and passenger journeys both smash records

Revenue and passenger journeys both smash records

11.12.15: Britain’s railways hit record levels of passenger revenue and usage during the second quarter of 2015-16, with both measures at their highest since since the time series began in 1996, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has revealed. P...

DfT launches consultation into role of ORR

DfT launches consultation into role of ORR

10.12.15: The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation into the “effectiveness of the current regulatory regime” for the railways, which has come under recent scrutiny.  The call for evidence, which is inviting view...

ORR to flag emerging issues earlier with Network Rail and TOCs

ORR to flag emerging issues earlier with Network Rail and TOCs

10.12.15: To reflect Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector company, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its approach to economic enforcement, including the ability to intervene earlier in face of worrying emerging trends. ...

'Poor use’ of GWML midweek access bigger issue than buried signalling

'Poor use’ of GWML midweek access bigger issue than buried signalling

04.12.15: Despite the known issues with buried signalling cables, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is “much more concerned” about Network Rail’s very poor use of midweek access as it tries to make progress on the troubled Great Western...

Spend shift from renewals to enhancements will cause asset deterioration – ORR

Spend shift from renewals to enhancements will cause asset deterioration – ORR

04.12.15: Network Rail is proposing to deal with the significant cost increases in civils by reducing the amount of renewals it will carry out in CP5, particularly for earthworks – instead focusing primarily on enhancement projects. The Office...

Network Rail dodges ORR fine with £4m London improvement fund

Network Rail dodges ORR fine with £4m London improvement fund

01.12.15: Network Rail has found a way out of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR’s) £2m licence breach fine by creating a £4.1m improvement fund for routes into London Bridge and London Victoria. The fund, agreed with the ORR...

DfT to fundamentally review role of ORR

DfT to fundamentally review role of ORR

26.11.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that there will be a “fundamental review” of the role and responsibilities of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), following the publication of the Bowe Review into the planning of N...

Network Rail to sell £1.8bn of ‘non-core assets’ to fund enhancements

Network Rail to sell £1.8bn of ‘non-core assets’ to fund enhancements

26.11.15: Network Rail plans to raise £1.8bn through the sale of “non-core assets” to meet the increased costs of its enhancement programme.  Sir Peter Hendy, Network Rail’s chairman, has finally published his long-awaite...

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...

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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

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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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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

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The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
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Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

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