Network Rail regulation and performance

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

20.10.15: Network Rail spent £324m (12%) more on renewals during 2014-15 than the ORR signed off on, but has delivered “less than expected”.  In its ‘Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail 2014-15’...

ORR enforces improvement plan, but no punishment for Network Rail

ORR enforces improvement plan, but no punishment for Network Rail

16.10.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has concluded that Network Rail is already “taking action” to improve the planning and delivery of its CP5 enhancements programme following a formal investigation initiated after a series of missed m...

RDG asks for more options to enhance competition in CMA franchise probe

RDG asks for more options to enhance competition in CMA franchise probe

16.10.15: The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to reassess whether the four options it put forth to radically reform the franchising system actually promote efficiency and benefit local communities. ...

Network Rail, ORR and DfT bosses to be ‘held to account’ in CP5 inquiry

Network Rail, ORR and DfT bosses to be ‘held to account’ in CP5 inquiry

13.10.15: Network Rail, Department for Transport (DfT) and Office of Rail and Road (ORR) bosses will be investigated at a Westminster inquiry set to examine their involvement in planning CP5 and the implications of halting major electrification works. ...

RAIB: No reliable process for identifying long-term platform movements at NR

RAIB: No reliable process for identifying long-term platform movements at NR

09.10.15: Network Rail has been told to “review and improve” its process for managing clearances at platforms as current plans do not always identify the minimum spacing required.  The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) made t...

‘Give Hendy three years; if he can’t do it, no-one can’, says Anthony Smith

‘Give Hendy three years; if he can’t do it, no-one can’, says Anthony Smith

07.10.15: Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith has called on the government to resist the urge to impose structural change on Network Rail while new chair Sir Peter Hendy is still getting to grips with the role. In response to a question fro...

NR given another extension to find a way to avoid £2m fine

NR given another extension to find a way to avoid £2m fine

01.10.15: Network Rail has been given a further extension to find a way to avoid the £2m fine for breaching its licence over its poor performance on Southern, Govia Thameslink (GTR) and in Scotland in 2014-15, RTM has learned.  The infrast...

Exclusive: Network Rail in breach of enhancements delivery licence – ORR

Exclusive: Network Rail in breach of enhancements delivery licence – ORR

30.09.15: Network Rail has been found to be in breach of its licence in the delivery of its enhancement programmes, but is “taking steps” to address the gaps in its capability and planning, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). ...

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

25.09.15: Network Rail has been told to review its asset management strategy to improve the examination and maintenance of its ancillary structures following a collision between a train and a collapsed signal post at Newbury last November.  On 1...

Corbyn pushes for renationalisation even as NR faces full privatisation

Corbyn pushes for renationalisation even as NR faces full privatisation

21.09.15: Jeremy Corbyn will unveil plans next week to renationalise the railways as his first official policy since becoming Labour leader. If he becomes prime minister at the next election, plans for a ‘People’s Railway’ would lea...

MPs launch their own inquiry into Network Rail’s CP5 difficulties

MPs launch their own inquiry into Network Rail’s CP5 difficulties

18.09.15: The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has launched an inquiry into Network Rail’s 2014-2019 rail investment programme.  Drawing on evidence from the National Audit Office, the inquiry will examine the current difficulties i...

National rail performance improves in period 5 after dip in July

National rail performance improves in period 5 after dip in July

15.09.15: National performance on the railways has improved over the past month, with the PPM figure rising to 90.3%. The Network Rail figure, which covers performance for 26 July to 22 August, is up from the 89.4% recorded during the previous period...

No CP5 project will be immune from Hendy review, DfT confirms

No CP5 project will be immune from Hendy review, DfT confirms

14.09.15: The Department for Transport has published the terms of reference for the review being carried out by Network Rail’s new chair, Sir Peter Hendy, into the deliverability of its CP5 enhancements programme. It has confirmed that “a...

Network Rail blames rocketing dwell times for poor performance

Network Rail blames rocketing dwell times for poor performance

09.09.15: Network Rail says there is “strong evidence” that passenger journey growth is directly impacting peak performance in London and the South East (LSE) because of rising dwell times on an already “saturated network”.  ...

RAIB says Network Rail must review handback after engineering works

RAIB says Network Rail must review handback after engineering works

14.08.15: Network Rail has been told to look into its process for handing back sections of engineering work after a train was hit and damaged by an equipment cabinet door in Watford Tunnel last year.  Following the collision on 26 October 2014...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

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Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

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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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >