Network Rail regulation and performance

Open access TOCs see steep falls in performance during period 11

Open access TOCs see steep falls in performance during period 11

15.02.16: The non-franchised sector saw a sharp decline in performance last month, with Grand Central and First Hull Trains PPM figures dropping by eight and 12 percentage points respectively compared to last year – despite both topping the recent N...

Specialist Network Rail funds for innovation, stations, freight and more lose £460m in CP5

Specialist Network Rail funds for innovation, stations, freight and more lose £460m in CP5

22.01.16: Ring-fenced funding pots for specialist station upgrades, innovation and research schemes, Digital Railway projects, disability access and freight are losing nearly half a billion pounds in CP5, with this money being pushed into CP6 instead. ...

GWML electrification dates revealed

GWML electrification dates revealed

22.01.16: Sir Peter Hendy has revealed the completion dates of each element of the delayed Great Western Main Line electrification programme in an updated report today (22 January). All elements of the programme will only start seeing electric trains...

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

21.01.16: The government is asking the public for feedback on Sir Peter Hendy’s new timeline for delivering Network Rail’s enhancement projects. Its consultation, launched this week to coincide with Hendy’s Enhancements Delivery Pla...

Average rail performance continues to drop nationally

Average rail performance continues to drop nationally

15.01.16: The trend in national rail performance looks set to hit its lowest level in eight years, as operators failed to recover during period 10. The Network Rail published figure, which covers operator performance for 13 December to 9 January, sho...

Caledonian Sleeper performance crashes in period 9

Caledonian Sleeper performance crashes in period 9

23.12.15: It’s been a difficult few months for the Caledonian Sleeper as its performance dropped by a staggering 22.3 percentage points since the same period last year, now standing at 72.3%. The Network Rail figure, covering 15 November to 12...

ORR’s chief exec to step down in early 2016

ORR’s chief exec to step down in early 2016

22.12.15: Richard Price is to step down as chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) early in the New Year.  Price, who joined the ORR board in 2011 on a five-year fixed-term contract, will be replaced on an interim basis by Joanna Wh...

McLoughlin appoints interim chair of ORR

McLoughlin appoints interim chair of ORR

17.12.15: Professor Stephen Glaister, a former director of the RAC Foundation for motorists, has been appointed the interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a 12-month period.  Prof Glaister, who has served as a non-executive direc...

Network Rail asset sell-off could hit devolution plans – TfGM

Network Rail asset sell-off could hit devolution plans – TfGM

17.12.15: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says Network Rail’s plans to sell off £1.8bn of non-core assets to meet the rising costs of its enhancement programme could “impact on plans for development and devolution”.  ...

Revenue and passenger journeys both smash records

Revenue and passenger journeys both smash records

11.12.15: Britain’s railways hit record levels of passenger revenue and usage during the second quarter of 2015-16, with both measures at their highest since since the time series began in 1996, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has revealed. P...

DfT launches consultation into role of ORR

DfT launches consultation into role of ORR

10.12.15: The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation into the “effectiveness of the current regulatory regime” for the railways, which has come under recent scrutiny.  The call for evidence, which is inviting view...

ORR to flag emerging issues earlier with Network Rail and TOCs

ORR to flag emerging issues earlier with Network Rail and TOCs

10.12.15: To reflect Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector company, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its approach to economic enforcement, including the ability to intervene earlier in face of worrying emerging trends. ...

'Poor use’ of GWML midweek access bigger issue than buried signalling

'Poor use’ of GWML midweek access bigger issue than buried signalling

04.12.15: Despite the known issues with buried signalling cables, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is “much more concerned” about Network Rail’s very poor use of midweek access as it tries to make progress on the troubled Great Western...

Spend shift from renewals to enhancements will cause asset deterioration – ORR

Spend shift from renewals to enhancements will cause asset deterioration – ORR

04.12.15: Network Rail is proposing to deal with the significant cost increases in civils by reducing the amount of renewals it will carry out in CP5, particularly for earthworks – instead focusing primarily on enhancement projects. The Office...

Network Rail dodges ORR fine with £4m London improvement fund

Network Rail dodges ORR fine with £4m London improvement fund

01.12.15: Network Rail has found a way out of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR’s) £2m licence breach fine by creating a £4.1m improvement fund for routes into London Bridge and London Victoria. The fund, agreed with the ORR...

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