Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

DfT to fundamentally review role of ORR

DfT to fundamentally review role of ORR

26.11.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that there will be a “fundamental review” of the role and responsibilities of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), following the publication of the Bowe Review into the planning of N...

Network Rail to sell £1.8bn of ‘non-core assets’ to fund enhancements

Network Rail to sell £1.8bn of ‘non-core assets’ to fund enhancements

26.11.15: Network Rail plans to raise £1.8bn through the sale of “non-core assets” to meet the increased costs of its enhancement programme.  Sir Peter Hendy, Network Rail’s chairman, has finally published his long-awaite...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable chang... 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 >