Network Rail regulation and performance

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30.10.17: The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re...

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

20.10.17: Network Rail has pocketed £35m from the sell-off of its National Logistics Centre in Ryton – representing the organisation’s largest-value property sale this year. The deal is part of NR plans to sell off infrastructure in...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09.10.17: Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical m...

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

25.09.17: The rail industry will now only be required to subscribe to one supplier assurance scheme, the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), as Network Rail today announced new arrangements for the delivery of the system. RISQS descr...

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

11.09.17: Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise e...

Questions remain

Questions remain

11.09.17: Peter Loosley, policy director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), says that the government’s acceptance of increased renewals volumes in CP6 is welcome – but significant questions remain over funding and CP5 renewals. Th...

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

04.09.17: Government must do more to support the rail sector, particularly in relation to the stop-start funding of Network Rail control periods and the peaks and troughs of other major projects, the CEO of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has state...

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

01.09.17: I have always firmly believed improving Britain’s railway is vital for economic growth, jobs and housing. The railway has been growing by 3-4% for 20 years, representing the fastest level of growth in the last hundred years – and pas...

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

31.07.17: A number of major reforms, including the publication of a ‘pipeline’ of opportunities for third parties by Network Rail’s routes by the end of the year, have been announced to enable companies in the private sector to be more d...

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

20.07.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today stated that there has been a significant decline in efficiency from Network Rail during CP5, as the infrastructure owner is carrying out its work 5% less efficiently than it did three years ago. I...

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

20.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to a higher volume of renewals activity in CP6 in order to “maintain safety and improve on current levels of reliability and punctuality” – but has pushed back the announcement of a...

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

18.07.17: Rail companies have today said that they are working together to adopt the most transparent method for recording train punctuality in Europe by measuring services to the minute. At present, train punctuality, or the public performance measu...

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

13.07.17: Network Rail has this week announced that it is supporting a major development at the Derby Triangle that will create 3,300 permanent jobs in the area. A resolution to grant outline planning permission was received yesterday for the 50-acre...

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26.05.17: The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR) being carried out by contractor Carillion. The news was broken as the company handed the union a consultation document...

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

25.05.17: Network Rail and operators have been told to improve their safety standards and data sharing after a passenger was killed last year when they stuck their head out of a train carriage.   The incident involved a passenger on the Gatwick...

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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 >