Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

Carne opens NR doors to private funding with new review

Carne opens NR doors to private funding with new review

01.12.16: Network Rail will set up an independent review designed to open it up to competition in delivering projects, the infrastructure owner’s CEO Mark Carne has announced. In a speech to the annual The Future of Rail conference, Carne highl...

ORR: Shrunken NR renewals will have ‘adverse effect’ on assets

ORR: Shrunken NR renewals will have ‘adverse effect’ on assets

25.11.16: The ORR is predicting a greater reliance on a greater range of safety controls in order to maintain asset safety as a result of Network Rail’s (NR’s) shrunken renewals portfolio, with “some adverse effect” currently expec...

First options revealed for new performance measures in CP6

First options revealed for new performance measures in CP6

24.11.16: A series of new performance measures designed to replace the existing system in CP6 have already been identified by the industry, the ORR has revealed, with further ideas expected. In its half-year assessment of Network Rail, the regulator...

GTR marks two years at the bottom of TOC performance table

GTR marks two years at the bottom of TOC performance table

18.11.16: It has now been two years since Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) dropped to the bottom of the public performance measure (PPM) table, with the latest quarterly figures from the ORR showing the operator recorded its lowest score since the time seri...

ORR confirms commitment to ‘incremental’ shift towards route-based regulation

ORR confirms commitment to ‘incremental’ shift towards route-based regulation

17.11.16: The ORR has confirmed it is pressing ahead with introducing regulation for each of Network Rail’s individual routes as it published the initial findings from its 2018 periodic review consultation – but as a result of industry concern...

Greater NR cost efficiency vital or ‘more jobs will get pulled’

Greater NR cost efficiency vital or ‘more jobs will get pulled’

10.11.16: Network Rail’s director of northern programmes has not ruled out further project deferrals by the infrastructure owner if costs are not kept under control. At this year’s TransCityRail North Conference, Chris Montgomery, who was...

NR route directors to become ‘customers’ from late November

NR route directors to become ‘customers’ from late November

10.11.16: From 21 November, Network Rail’s route services will be devolved to locally-based directors who will procure and manage the supply chain – moving away from the usual procedure of giving companies the services the infrastructure owner...

Minister presses Hendy to devolve Network Rail in Scotland amid budget issues

Minister presses Hendy to devolve Network Rail in Scotland amid budget issues

27.10.16: The Scottish government has demanded that Network Rail in Scotland be devolved after an independent report criticised it for allowing crucial improvement projects to go over budget. As of July 2016, the cost of the five Scottish rail upgrad...

Performance data will be ‘granular’ and operator-specific in CP6, NR reveals

Performance data will be ‘granular’ and operator-specific in CP6, NR reveals

26.10.16: The rail industry is preparing itself to introduce “newer metrics of performance” in the next control period so that passengers can access more “granular information” relevant to their type of service, rather than relying...

WYCA: Lack of Northern Route is ‘missed opportunity’

WYCA: Lack of Northern Route is ‘missed opportunity’

10.10.16: Transport leaders in the north of England have said Network Rail missed an opportunity to support rail devolution by not introducing a new route for the region. Network Rail announced last week that it will create a managing director to ove...

Hendy: Private investment needed as ‘doors shut to NR’s never ending debt’

Hendy: Private investment needed as ‘doors shut to NR’s never ending debt’

07.10.16: Businesses should provide some of the investment Britain’s rail network needs to grow, the chair of Network Rail has said. Delivering the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) annual Rail Lecture in London this week, S...

NR creates northern MD post, but ditches Shaw devolved route idea

NR creates northern MD post, but ditches Shaw devolved route idea

06.10.16: Network Rail has announced the creation of a managing director to oversee its northern portfolio as part of widespread reforms to deliver more localism – but the new role stops short of the Shaw report’s recommendation that Network R...

Retail sales at NR stations increase by 4.14% in Q1

Retail sales at NR stations increase by 4.14% in Q1

28.09.16: Retail activity at Network Rail-owned stations has increased above the market standard in the first quarter of 2016-17. The infrastructure owner released new figures showing that like-for-like sales increased by 4.14% between April and June...

Network Rail to release land for 12,000 new homes by 2020

Network Rail to release land for 12,000 new homes by 2020

07.09.16: There will be 12,000 new homes built on former Network Rail land by 2020, the infrastructure owner has announced. Network Rail said it will release almost 200 sites around the country, with around 5,000 homes being built in London, 3,600 in...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >