Network Rail regulation and performance

12.11.19

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders.

Yesterday (Mon 11) saw the second phase of the company’s passenger focused measures as accountability for all projects, including track and signalling, was assumed.

Andrew Haines, chief executive said:

“Network Rail’s drive to be more customer and passenger focussed continues. Today sees the shifting of more responsibilities and accountabilities to our devolved routes and regions so that they are better able to respond to local needs and demands.”

“We’ve made these changes as a major part of our plan to provide the best possible service for passengers and freight users, to deliver the promises we’ve made for the next five years and to improve the way we work together as an industry.”

The changes mean the appointment of five new delivery directors, who report to the regional managing directors.

These include; Rob Cairns – Eastern, Eoin O’Neill – North West & Central, Kris Kinnear – Scotland, Tim Coucher (interim) – Southern and Stuart Calvert for Wales & Western.

Kris Kinnear - Scotland CDD

Responsibility for commercial policy, standards and assurance will now be given to Route Services, which manages all supply chain operations, contracts and procurement.

Network Services will also be formed, managing six key areas of the railway including national operations, security, telecoms, freight, national performance and passenger information during disruption.

The five regions, created on June 24 2019, were set up to devolve responsibility away from centralised organisation to a more customer focussed service.

14 routes ‘went live’ in September absorbing the day-to-day accountability for delivering a safe and reliable railway for passengers and freight users.

Phase three is planned for Summer 2020, with more teams set to join the new structure. Putting Passengers First programme changes are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

 

Pictured: Kris Kinnear - Scotland

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12/12/2019GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. ... more >
Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

12/12/2019Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

Grand Central has completed a two-year £9m refurbishment of its train fleet, serving the operator’s route li... more >
Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11/12/2019Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

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 >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

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 >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

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 >