Network Rail regulation and performance

NR warns suppliers not to get left behind

NR warns suppliers not to get left behind

15.03.18: Network Rail is warning suppliers to act now or risk being locked out of the rail market. With less than 50 days until the enhanced Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) goes live, the infrastructure manager has told its supply...

NR looks for new alliances as £5bn track work tendered

NR looks for new alliances as £5bn track work tendered

14.03.18: Network Rail has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) process for its tender exercise on the next generation of track works contracts, worth up to £5bn. The PIN was issued via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), and the...

NR trials drones for large railway structure inspections

NR trials drones for large railway structure inspections

12.03.18: Network Rail is trialling the use of drones to inspect large structures in a safer, more cost-efficient way. The vehicles are being used on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route to examine five arch viaducts along the route, includin...

Network Rail CP6 plan: Route details revealed

Network Rail CP6 plan: Route details revealed

14.02.18: Network Rail has revealed further information about individual funding to its eight national routes following this week’s Strategic Business Plan. London North Western is to receive the greatest proportion of funding, with £5.8b...

Network Rail unveils ‘radical’ CP6 plan with aim to drop delays by 15%

Network Rail unveils ‘radical’ CP6 plan with aim to drop delays by 15%

13.02.18: Network Rail has released its much-anticipated Strategic Business Plan for CP6, with plans including a 15% drop in delays across the network and a commitment to hire 50% more women over the five-year period. The programme covers all of NR&r...

Ex-Carillion employees working on NR projects will be paid until at least April

Ex-Carillion employees working on NR projects will be paid until at least April

22.01.18: Network Rail bosses have today confirmed that former Carillion employees working on railway projects will be paid until at least April of this year. The news follows the announcement that the construction giant – one of NR’s maj...

SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performance

SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performance

10.01.18: South Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail (NR) bosses were brought in front of the national passenger watchdog this week, following poor performance and disruption across the network. Transport Focus called the meeting to allow both orga...

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

10.01.18: Govia Thameslink Railway has been panned by the National Audit Office (NAO) after a review found it offered the “worst performance on the network” and had not delivered value for money. The struggling franchise, which represents...

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

03.01.18: Carillion PLC, one of Network Rail’s biggest suppliers and a key HS2 contractor, is under investigation by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. The independent financial watchdog is looking into the “timeliness and conten...

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

07.12.17: Both the punctuality and the reliability of passenger rail services have improved in the second quarter of 2017-18 compared with both the same period last year and the final quarter of 2016-17. In its review of passenger and freight rail pe...

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

05.12.17: Train performance in England and Wales has improved but is still some way short of hitting both Network Rail and regulatory targets. The ORR’s Network Rail Monitor report for the last six-month period also shows that there has been si...

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

23.11.17: The current state of the rail network is not fit to support the new Thameslink Programme and will cause future delays and problems. It has been revealed – following an investigation from the National Audit Office (NAO) – that Ne...

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

21.11.17: Caledonian Sleeper services hit the bottom of Network Rail’s Public Performance Measures, with C2C topping the chart. Caledonian, which took over from First ScotRail in 2015, only had 73.8% of services come in within NR’s five-m...

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17.11.17: Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The infrastructure manager is looking for private bidders on a mostly leaseholder basis while retaining t...

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

16.11.17: Transport for the North (TfN) is likely to be officially recognised as a statutory body as transformative legislation lands in the House of Commons today – but the official deadline has been pushed back from this year to April 2018. L...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, fo... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >