Network Rail regulation and performance

Network Rail CP6 plan: Route details revealed

Network Rail CP6 plan: Route details revealed

14 February 2018Network Rail has revealed further information about individual funding to its eight national routes following this week’s Strategic Business Plan. London North Western is to receive the greatest proportion of funding, with £5.8bn earm...

Network Rail unveils ‘radical’ CP6 plan with aim to drop delays by 15%

Network Rail unveils ‘radical’ CP6 plan with aim to drop delays by 15%

13 February 2018Network Rail has released its much-anticipated Strategic Business Plan for CP6, with plans including a 15% drop in delays across the network and a commitment to hire 50% more women over the five-year period. The programme covers all of NR’s...

Ex-Carillion employees working on NR projects will be paid until at least April

Ex-Carillion employees working on NR projects will be paid until at least April

22 January 2018Network Rail bosses have today confirmed that former Carillion employees working on railway projects will be paid until at least April of this year. The news follows the announcement that the construction giant – one of NR’s major con...

SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performance

SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performance

10 January 2018South Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail (NR) bosses were brought in front of the national passenger watchdog this week, following poor performance and disruption across the network. Transport Focus called the meeting to allow both organisati...

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

GTR providing ‘worst performance on the network’

10 January 2018Govia Thameslink Railway has been panned by the National Audit Office (NAO) after a review found it offered the “worst performance on the network” and had not delivered value for money. The struggling franchise, which represents Thame...

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

Top Network Rail supplier under investigation by the FCA

03 January 2018Carillion PLC, one of Network Rail’s biggest suppliers and a key HS2 contractor, is under investigation by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. The independent financial watchdog is looking into the “timeliness and content&rdqu...

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

ORR: Punctuality and reliability of rail services improves in Q2

07 December 2017Both the punctuality and the reliability of passenger rail services have improved in the second quarter of 2017-18 compared with both the same period last year and the final quarter of 2016-17. In its review of passenger and freight rail performa...

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targets

05 December 2017Train performance in England and Wales has improved but is still some way short of hitting both Network Rail and regulatory targets. The ORR’s Network Rail Monitor report for the last six-month period also shows that there has been signific...

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

23 November 2017The current state of the rail network is not fit to support the new Thameslink Programme and will cause future delays and problems. It has been revealed – following an investigation from the National Audit Office (NAO) – that Network...

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

Caledonian hit by delays and poor performance as c2c tops period 8

21 November 2017Caledonian Sleeper services hit the bottom of Network Rail’s Public Performance Measures, with C2C topping the chart. Caledonian, which took over from First ScotRail in 2015, only had 73.8% of services come in within NR’s five-minute...

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17 November 2017Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The infrastructure manager is looking for private bidders on a mostly leaseholder basis while retaining the fre...

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

TfN statutory status pushed back to April

16 November 2017Transport for the North (TfN) is likely to be officially recognised as a statutory body as transformative legislation lands in the House of Commons today – but the official deadline has been pushed back from this year to April 2018. Last Oc...

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30 October 2017The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re-s...

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

20 October 2017Network Rail has pocketed £35m from the sell-off of its National Logistics Centre in Ryton – representing the organisation’s largest-value property sale this year. The deal is part of NR plans to sell off infrastructure in order...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09 October 2017Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical min...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, ... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beg... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous mil... 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 >