Network Rail regulation and performance

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

15.05.17: The proportion of trains cancelled or significantly late (CaSL) in the last quarter of 2016-17 was the highest-ever nationally since 2002-03 and the highest in London and the south-east sector (LSE) for over 15 years, ORR figures have revealed. ...

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

09.05.17: After over two years of coming at the bottom of performance tables for operator punctuality, especially since its absorption of the entire TSGN franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is finally in the clear. In the public performance mea...

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

28.04.17: A new strategy designed to increase the capacity of the railway by running trains closer together has been launched by the RSSB. This includes developing a ‘technology roadmap’ for the closer running of trains and also the ident...

ORR to request process for improving NR route risk management

ORR to request process for improving NR route risk management

11.04.17: The ORR is to request that Network Rail puts in place a process to improve risk management at a local level across all its devolved routes, ensuring that any changes occur safely and in compliance with health and safety law, its business plan fo...

Over 40% of TOCs see rise in cancelled or significantly late trains in period 13

Over 40% of TOCs see rise in cancelled or significantly late trains in period 13

07.04.17: Almost 43% of TOCs saw a rise in the number of services that were cancelled or arrived at their terminating station more than 30 minutes late, Network Rail’s latest public performance measure (PPM) has revealed – a continuing trend f...

ORR publishes new safety guidelines for DCO trains

ORR publishes new safety guidelines for DCO trains

05.04.17: New safety principles on driver-controlled operation (DCO) have been published today by the ORR which establish a standard for train companies to adhere to in rolling out the measure. The guidelines set out six high-level principles for TOC...

NR confirms cost-cutting plans, but claims safety-critical jobs will not be lost

NR confirms cost-cutting plans, but claims safety-critical jobs will not be lost

03.04.17: Network Rail is currently preparing for a wave of cuts that could see 1,000 jobs axed, two unions have warned this week. In a statement sent to RTM, however, the infrastructure owner dismissed the claims as “scaremongering”, arg...

Strong National Systems Operator needed to counter route devo risks

Strong National Systems Operator needed to counter route devo risks

23.03.17: Engagement between Network Rail (NR), train operators and passengers must be “hardwired” into the periodic review process so that NR’s future business planning with regards to route devolution is driven by passenger concerns, J...

Hendy calls on industry to get behind Hansford Review into rail contestability

Hendy calls on industry to get behind Hansford Review into rail contestability

17.03.17: Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, has launched a consultation for the Hansford Review this week, calling on industry leaders to back the work of the review. The event, which took place on 15 March, was held at the Institute of Civi...

Two in five TOCs record significant delays on over 5% of services

Two in five TOCs record significant delays on over 5% of services

14.03.17: Almost 40% of operators in England and Wales have recorded significant delays of over half an hour, or cancellation altogether, on 5% or more of their services in the latest period, Network Rail figures have shown. Statistics for period 12...

NR confirms route devolution and new Western supervisory board

NR confirms route devolution and new Western supervisory board

23.02.17: Network Rail has today formally announced that significant powers and decision-making for routes have already been devolved to a local level. Speaking in its first report on progress since the publication of its transformation Plan, ‘...

Achieving efficiency through standards

Achieving efficiency through standards

17.01.17: Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the trading relationship of the rail industry and its supply chain in a post-Brexit world. You could be f...

Delivering on route devolution

Delivering on route devolution

17.01.17: At RTM’s recent Northern Powerhouse Rail Conference, Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s contracts and procurement director, explained the infrastructure owner’s decision to establish eight devolved routes, each with a managing directo...

Professor Peter Hansford to chair Network Rail competition review

Professor Peter Hansford to chair Network Rail competition review

07.12.16: Professor Peter Hansford has been named as the chair of Network Rail’s new competition and contestability review. The review, which will look at alternative methods for the organisation to complete projects, will begin its work immedi...

LU fined £500,000 after near-fatal lift shaft accident

LU fined £500,000 after near-fatal lift shaft accident

05.12.16: London Underground (LU) has been fined £500,000 for breaching health and safety law after a maintenance worker was left seriously injured from a fall in a disused Tube station in 2014. An investigation by the ORR into the incident at...

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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 >