Network Rail regulation and performance

Design services framework launched by Network Rail in deal worth £650m

Design services framework launched by Network Rail in deal worth £650m

21.08.18: Suppliers are being invited to provide engineering, design, and technical consultancy services to Network Rail in a framework deal worth up to £650m. Network Rail, publishing a prior information notice yesterday, called on contractors...

Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13.08.18: Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The improvements include a new rail line running underneath the ECML— linki...

200 jobs for Scotland in Network Rail’s latest recruitment drive

200 jobs for Scotland in Network Rail’s latest recruitment drive

08.08.18: Around 200 jobs will be created in Scotland as one of Network Rail’s biggest recruitment drives for the sector. Posts on offer include administrative, logistics and planning jobs, technician and team leader roles, as well as construct...

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

06.08.18: Campaigners are celebrating after plans from Network Rail to demolish a bridge as part of its electrification scheme were rejected by a local council. The Vale of the White Horse council in Oxfordshire made the landmark decision last week a...

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

03.08.18: It is “disturbing” that neither Network Rail nor the transport operators are able to provide reassurance that their plans to improve the “currently abysmal service levels” and deliver promised network improvements after M...

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

ORR slams Network Rail over ‘systemic failings’ of May timetables, recovery plan due in August

30.07.18: The rail regulator has scolded Network Rail for its mismanagement of the chaotic new timetables that left many commuters stranded from 20 May. In a report released after a thorough investigation, the ORR demanded that Network Rail take four...

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

East West Rail scheme progresses further with final stage two proposals

27.07.18: Network Rail has submitted its final proposals for the continuation of the East West Rail scheme, which could connect major southern cities including Oxford and Cambridge. In an announcement today, the government-backed rail network is plan...

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

Four bidders in final stages for major Network Rail asset sell-off

23.07.18: Network Rail is nearing the end of the process to sell off its giant 5,500 infrastructure estate across England and Wales worth as much as £1.2bn. Following Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust’s withdrawal from the race last we...

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18.07.18:  A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust charity dropped out of the running for the bid which would pur...

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

12.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine. Former Network Rail chief, John Armitt, has said to the BBC that rail operators have taken a "very significant revenue risk" which has "got them into trouble." This is because the gov...

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

Former BA boss joins Network Rail as non-executive director

10.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Former CEO of Cunard Cruise Line and senior director at British Airways David Noyes will join Network Rail as a non-executive director. Noyes has experience in leading corporate organi...

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

ORR expects more renewal delays, says Network Rail ‘must do more’ when planning for CP6

06.07.18: The rail regulator has said Network Rail must do more to prepare ahead of its £34bn five-year plan for CP6. The ORR set out its annual assessment of the infrastructure owner’s performance in England and Wales this week, and high...

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

Network Rail in 2017: Record delivery despite profit slump, ‘critical’ estate sale due this year

05.07.18: Network Rail has invested a record £4.1bn in the last financial year, despite profits falling from £483m to just £48m – a huge drop of 90%. The profit drop was assumed in the CP5 regulatory settlement determination...

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

28.06.18: As its response to the Hansford Review, which looked at how barriers can be broken to make it easier for organisations to invest in and build on the railway, Network Rail has produced a national framework which will help drive a consistent and t...

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

Open for Business: Network Rail is breaking down supplier barriers

26.06.18: The Open for Business programme – Network Rail’s response to the Hansford Review – is breaking down barriers in the organisation to ensure suppliers have a greater say in the way projects are run and funded. David Ollerhead, th...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

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London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcom... more >
RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

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As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Tr... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

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Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >