Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

Government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets

Government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets

25.11.15: The government intends to allow Network Rail to sell assets and re-invest the proceeds in rail infrastructure, subject to a value for money assessment.  The announcement, which echoes recent calls from the Shaw report, was buried in th...

National performance worsens – three TOCs sub-80% in period 8

National performance worsens – three TOCs sub-80% in period 8

23.11.15: Performance in period 8 has dived to 84.3% after staying around 90% over the past three months, as seasonal issues take their annual toll. The figure, covering 18 October to 14 November, is 0.3 percentage points down on the same period last...

Worst punctuality on Thameslink routes for a decade

Worst punctuality on Thameslink routes for a decade

20.11.15: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has recorded the worst quarterly punctuality figures for the routes it runs since 2004-5, at just 84%. Office of Rail and Road (ORR) figures have shown that the operator also had the steepest fall (3.2 percent...

Network Rail admits it was ‘overly ambitious’ with CP5 projects

Network Rail admits it was ‘overly ambitious’ with CP5 projects

20.11.15: Network Rail has admitted it was “overly ambitious” in what it could achieve with the funds and resources available in CP5.  Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC’s) report into Network Rail’s...

ORR needs ‘fundamental review’ after CP5 failures, say MPs

ORR needs ‘fundamental review’ after CP5 failures, say MPs

20.11.15: MPs have called for a “fundamental review” of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR’s) ability to “robustly scrutinise” Network Rail’s plans and cost estimates, saying the regulator may not be fit for purpo...

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

12.11.15: Network Rail could be fully privatised, or kept as a public sector body with concessions to private companies, as a result of recommendations from HS1 boss Nicola Shaw in her initial review of the infrastructure body. The Shaw report &ndash...

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

03.11.15: The East West Rail Western Section, between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, may be delayed by three to seven years after a Network Rail draft recommendation suggested the project should be delivered in three phases instead of...

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

01.11.15: Gov Dhinsa, asset engineer (compliance) for Network Rail’s Anglia route, in the buildings & civils asset management team, brought with him the skills and experience gained from his previous roles at Network Rail HQ. He describes his ro...

Never underestimate the assurance process

Never underestimate the assurance process

01.11.15: Chris Wilson, project engineering manager for Great Western Route Modernisation at Network Rail, discusses the complexities of parallel systems development and delivery. Engineers have been told to never underestimate the time it takes to g...

Uncertainty over what new GW electrification costs cover – ORR

Uncertainty over what new GW electrification costs cover – ORR

30.10.15: Network Rail’s new estimate of the cost of the Great Western electrification programme (GWEP), which has nearly doubled since last year, should not be accepted until independently verified, the ORR says.  In written evidence subm...

National rail performance crashes below 90% in period 7

National rail performance crashes below 90% in period 7

27.10.15: National performance in period 7 has crashed after improving steadily over the past two months, with the PPM figure slumping to 89.9%. The Network Rail published figure, which covers operator performance for 20 September to 17 October, is d...

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

21.10.15: Estimated costs associated with the Great Western electrification programme have nearly doubled since last year and now stand at up to £2.8bn, Network Rail boss, Mark Carne, confirmed today (21 October). The cost estimate, which stood...

National rail performance continues to recover in period 6

National rail performance continues to recover in period 6

20.10.15: National performance has improved marginally over the past month, with the PPM figure rising to 91.2%. The overall figure, which covers performance for 23 August to 19 September, is up from the 90.3% recorded during the previous period. ...

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’...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

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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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >