Network Rail regulation and performance

200 jobs for Scotland in Network Rail’s latest recruitment drive

200 jobs for Scotland in Network Rail’s latest recruitment drive

08.08.18: Around 200 jobs will be created in Scotland as one of Network Rail’s biggest recruitment drives for the sector. Posts on offer include administrative, logistics and planning jobs, technician and team leader roles, as well as construct...

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

06.08.18: Campaigners are celebrating after plans from Network Rail to demolish a bridge as part of its electrification scheme were rejected by a local council. The Vale of the White Horse council in Oxfordshire made the landmark decision last week a...

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

03.08.18: It is “disturbing” that neither Network Rail nor the transport operators are able to provide reassurance that their plans to improve the “currently abysmal service levels” and deliver promised network improvements after M...

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

30.07.18: The rail regulator has scolded Network Rail for its mismanagement of the chaotic new timetables that left many commuters stranded from 20 May. In a report released after a thorough investigation, the ORR demanded that Network Rail take four...

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

27.07.18: Network Rail has submitted its final proposals for the continuation of the East West Rail scheme, which could connect major southern cities including Oxford and Cambridge. In an announcement today, the government-backed rail network is plan...

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

23.07.18: Network Rail is nearing the end of the process to sell off its giant 5,500 infrastructure estate across England and Wales worth as much as £1.2bn. Following Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust’s withdrawal from the race last we...

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18.07.18:  A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust charity dropped out of the running for the bid which would pur...

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

12.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine. Former Network Rail chief, John Armitt, has said to the BBC that rail operators have taken a "very significant revenue risk" which has "got them into trouble." This is because the gov...

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

10.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Former CEO of Cunard Cruise Line and senior director at British Airways David Noyes will join Network Rail as a non-executive director. Noyes has experience in leading corporate organi...

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

06.07.18: The rail regulator has said Network Rail must do more to prepare ahead of its £34bn five-year plan for CP6. The ORR set out its annual assessment of the infrastructure owner’s performance in England and Wales this week, and high...

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

05.07.18: Network Rail has invested a record £4.1bn in the last financial year, despite profits falling from £483m to just £48m – a huge drop of 90%. The profit drop was assumed in the CP5 regulatory settlement determination...

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

28.06.18: As its response to the Hansford Review, which looked at how barriers can be broken to make it easier for organisations to invest in and build on the railway, Network Rail has produced a national framework which will help drive a consistent and t...

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

26.06.18: The Open for Business programme – Network Rail’s response to the Hansford Review – is breaking down barriers in the organisation to ensure suppliers have a greater say in the way projects are run and funded. David Ollerhead, th...

Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

21.06.18: Network Rail will be changing contract terms between subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to benefit thousands of small medium enterprises around the country. The publicly-financed organisation will now require suppliers to commit to s...

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20.06.18: Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn. A Contract Notice has been issued in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), opening up the contracts to inter...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as min... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough&... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... 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 >