Network Rail regulation and performance

£75m Easter rail improvement programme - one week to go

14.03.08: There is just one week to go before Network Rail embarks upon its £75m Easter rail improvement programme. With major investment taking place at locations such as Clapham Junction, London Liverpool Street and the West Coast Main Line...

Network Rail publishes rail industry plan to meet passenger and freight growth for East Coast main line

07.03.08: More seats on more and longer trains form part of a plan for growth on the East Coast Main Line and North East routes, Network Rail has announced. The plan, outlined in the Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) for the East Coast Main Line (ECML...

Regulator takes action against Network Rail following New Year overruns

29.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has ordered Network Rail to remedy systemic weaknesses in its planning and management of engineering projects and in its communication with train operators about progress with such projects. This follows...

ORR publishes a statement of policy on managing risks

22.02.08: Railways are a safe form of transport, however mistakes made by those who work on the railway, at all levels, can lead to accidents, and put health and safety at risk. The statement recognises the statutory responsibilities of employers and...

Condition monitoring and reliability growth

20.02.08: Modern day railway systems and equipment are often required to meet stringent reliability targets and or defined safety requirements. These numeric targets can take the form of availability or reliability figures expressed in units of time or as...

Failing to manage documents is too big a risk in the rail industry

20.02.08: Rail companies cannot afford to leave document management to chance when seeking regulatory compliance and continued competitiveness, says Michael Dunleavy, director, DMS and Public Sector, Iron Mountain Europe Regulation of the rail indust...

Geotechnical problems on railway infrastructure and the influence of climate change

19.02.08: A review of the many publications on climate change and transport show, understandably, a preoccupation with the measures taken to limit or reduce carbon emissions. The government's recently published climate change bill has a target of at least...

ORR issues updated environmental guidance to the railway industry

19.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation 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 each...

STATS joins RSK Group

19.02.08: In January 2008, STATS joined the RSK Group to form the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy with around 900 combined staff spread across 39 locations worldwide. Explaining the move, STATS chairman Adrian Marsh says:...

Working with wildlife needn’t be an issue for infrarail projects

19.02.08: With the growing number of rail infrastructure projects in the pipeline there are bound to be a significant number that will impact on ecology and wildlife. With good ecological management and advanced planning this needn’t necessarily be...

Network Rail to launch new pension scheme

15.02.08: A third pension scheme, widening the choice for its 34,000 employees, has been unveiled by Network Rail. The pension scheme will be a defined benefit arrangement, based on the average of an employees earnings, known as Career Average Revalu...

Network Rail's rock solid investment in new ballast cleaner

15.02.08: Network Rail took another significant step in its drive to improve the way it carries out engineering and maintenance works this month by ordering a new ballast cleaning system. Built by Austrian rail engineering firm Plasser and Theurer, t...

ORR signals tougher regime for Network Rail

15.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation today set out how it will hold Network Rail to account for meeting tough new targets and delivering a better value for money railway as part of its Periodic Review process. ORR has provided an update on how it...

Passenger Focus makes submission to ORR enquiry

15.02.08: Passenger Focus’ submission criticises the lack of information passengers were provided with during New Year disruptions at Liverpool Street, Glasgow and on West Coast routes. The national rail watchdog has also called for Network Rail to...

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...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

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TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

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An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system w... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >