Network Rail regulation and performance

Flybe and Network Rail receive support pledge from GoSkills

01.02.08: Newly appointed awarding bodies a credit to the sector says GoSkills. GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Passenger Transport has offered its congratulations to Flybe and Network Rail (along with McDonald’s) following their...

Network Rail swoops to bring specialists in-house

25.01.08: Key employees of Elec-Track Installations Ltd (ETI) have been invited by Network Rail to join the infrastructure owner. Around 50 employees of the Kent-based firm – which is in administration – are specialist supervisors for the inst...

Investigation continues as network rail quizzes contractors over New Year delays

18.01.08: Network Rail completed a series of meetings last week, with contractors responsible for delivering work on the West Coast upgrade project and work at Liverpool Street station. After the engineering overruns over the New Year period, Network Rail...

ORR investigation underway

10.01.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has given further details of its urgent investigation into Network Rail's management of engineering projects. ORR's investigation will focus on: • the New Year over-running engineering works; &bu...

Network Rail Chairman honoured

03.01.08: Commenting on the award of his knighthood, Network Rail's Chairman, Sir Ian McAllister said: "I was thrilled to learn of this news. Whilst it is a huge personal honour for me it is also, I hope, a recognition of how much the railway has improved...

ORR responds to Network Rail SBP

03.01.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has informed the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland that it is likely their respective output specifications for the railways can be afforded with the public funds they have committed for the five...

Rail industry confirms 10 year strategy to meet passenger growth on Anglia routes

03.01.08: Network Rail on behalf of the rail industry has published its final strategy to deliver a rail network able to manage the rapid expansion of the Anglia region and growth in rail usage over the next 10 years. The publication, which will now go fo...

ORR issues updated environmental guidance to the railway industry

20.12.07: The Office of Rail Regulation has published updated guidance to the rail industry to help each regulated enterprise take appropriate account of the environment as part of its everyday operations. The guidance provides advice on the issues that e...

Best punctuality for a decade strong and stable finances more focus on meeting growing demand

29.11.07: Network Rail today publishes its interim results for the half year to 30 September 2007. The results show the best train punctuality for a decade, averaging 91% for the period, strong and stable finances allowing continued high levels of investm...

ORR's National rail review

22.11.07: ORR's National rail review and Network Rail monitor for Q2 2007-08: preparing for the periodic review 2008, and continuing improvement in Network Rail's performance The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its latest National rail...

Watchdog responds to Network Rail’s plans for South London

15.11.07: Network Rail’s recently published draft South London ‘Route Utilisation Strategy’ (the official name for its plans) is a ‘last patch’ for a network already straining at the seams according to independent rail watchd...

Industrial symbiosis-improving sustainability in the rail industry

14.11.07: Increased environmental awareness, concerns about climate change and carbon footprints means that sustainability is swiftly making its way to the top of the issues agenda in the rail industry. A number of companies within the sector are alr...

Keeping things moving

14.11.07: Transport is dictated by timetables. Faced with ever-tighter schedules, maintaining transport environments without introducing delays to journeys is becoming a delicate balancing act. Every mode of transport brings its own unique challenges...

New Stratford train crew accommodation awarded beacon status

14.11.07: Lyn Brown MP presents award to Tube Lines for environmentally responsible accommodation A Tube Lines construction site has been recognised and awarded beacon status for demonstrating excellence for environmental consideration and putting in...

Network Rail suppliers get on board new framework contracts

08.11.07: New contracts and new suppliers are being introduced by Network Rail into its £130 million professional services business. The company is looking for the move to add further competition and help drive efficiencies and reduce costs. Th...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” a... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just ou... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their us... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

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

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

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

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

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

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

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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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

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