Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

New Members for Network Rail

08.11.07: Network Rail has announced the names of its 28 new Public Members who will help keep the company accountable for its actions. Says Chairman, Ian McAllister, “We are delighted to welcome 28 new members who have a firm belief in accountabili...

Network Rail publishes the strategic business plan - a five year vision for Britain's railway

01.11.07: Network Rail today issued the Strategic Business Plan which outlines its spending proposals for the five-year period from 2009 to 2014. The document forms part of the company's ongoing discussions with the Office of Rail Regulation about its fun...

Making tracks in Trent Valley

19.10.07: Network Rail’s £350m Trent Valley 4 Tracking project to widen the West Coast Main Line through Staffordshire reached a major milestone today when one of the first stretches of new railway to be constructed was used by trains for the...

Network Rail announces track renewal changes

19.10.07: Tuesday 11 September 2007 07:00 Contractors delivering renewals work to be reduced from 6 to 4 Work rebalanced geographically, with points and plain-line aligned Quality, performance and efficiency of rail renewals to improve ...

IFC fuelling system keeps Virgin on track

01.10.07: The first European scheduled passenger train to run on biodiesel is being kept on track with the help of Industrial Flow Control Ltd. IFC, based in Essex, was called in to create a bespoke biofuel dispensing system for the adapted Virgin Vo...

IFC unveils first biodiesel compatible rail coupler to UK

01.10.07: Following successful trials across the UK, Industrial Flow Control Ltd has released an innovative development of the1.5” fuelling coupler onto the market. The Flyte-type rail fuelling coupler boasts a huge range of benefits and is tot...

Network Rail scoops People Management Award

01.10.07: Network Rail has beaten off stiff competition to scoop The People Management Award 2007 for the delivery of its advanced apprenticeship scheme. This was announced at the gala dinner in Harrogate, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Devel...

Is perception reality?

27.09.07: Network Rail and their suppliers must work in harmony to select the right technology and to resource and programme signalling work so as to deliver sustainable solutions, says J.D. Francis, former president of The Institution of Railway Signal E...

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

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