Network Rail regulation and performance

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

25 September 2017The rail industry will now only be required to subscribe to one supplier assurance scheme, the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), as Network Rail today announced new arrangements for the delivery of the system. RISQS describes i...

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

11 September 2017Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise edg...

Questions remain

Questions remain

11 September 2017Peter Loosley, policy director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), says that the government’s acceptance of increased renewals volumes in CP6 is welcome – but significant questions remain over funding and CP5 renewals.

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

04 September 2017Government must do more to support the rail sector, particularly in relation to the stop-start funding of Network Rail control periods and the peaks and troughs of other major projects, the CEO of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has stated....

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

01 September 2017I have always firmly believed improving Britain’s railway is vital for economic growth, jobs and housing. The railway has been growing by 3-4% for 20 years, representing the fastest level of growth in the last hundred years – and passe...

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

31 July 2017A number of major reforms, including the publication of a ‘pipeline’ of opportunities for third parties by Network Rail’s routes by the end of the year, have been announced to enable companies in the private sector to be more dir...

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

20 July 2017The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today stated that there has been a significant decline in efficiency from Network Rail during CP5, as the infrastructure owner is carrying out its work 5% less efficiently than it did three years ago. In its...

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

20 July 2017Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to a higher volume of renewals activity in CP6 in order to “maintain safety and improve on current levels of reliability and punctuality” – but has pushed back the announcement of a f...

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

18 July 2017Rail companies have today said that they are working together to adopt the most transparent method for recording train punctuality in Europe by measuring services to the minute. At present, train punctuality, or the public performance measure (PP...

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

13 July 2017Network Rail has this week announced that it is supporting a major development at the Derby Triangle that will create 3,300 permanent jobs in the area. A resolution to grant outline planning permission was received yesterday for the 50-acre site...

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26 May 2017The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR) being carried out by contractor Carillion. The news was broken as the company handed the union a consultation document that...

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

25 May 2017Network Rail and operators have been told to improve their safety standards and data sharing after a passenger was killed last year when they stuck their head out of a train carriage.   The incident involved a passenger on the Gatwick Expres...

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

Cancelled or delayed trains hit national 14-year record high

15 May 2017The proportion of trains cancelled or significantly late (CaSL) in the last quarter of 2016-17 was the highest-ever nationally since 2002-03 and the highest in London and the south-east sector (LSE) for over 15 years, ORR figures have revealed. I...

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

After over two years at the bottom, GTR no longer worst-performing TOC

09 May 2017After over two years of coming at the bottom of performance tables for operator punctuality, especially since its absorption of the entire TSGN franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is finally in the clear. In the public performance measure (...

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

28 April 2017A new strategy designed to increase the capacity of the railway by running trains closer together has been launched by the RSSB. This includes developing a ‘technology roadmap’ for the closer running of trains and also the identificat...

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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 >