Known as the 2023 Periodic Review (PR23), the process sets a five-year settlement that will determine the level of funding Network Rail/Great British Railways should receive for its operation, maintenance and renewals activities.
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ORR's new guidance does not specify requirements or solutions, allowing for a proportionate, case-by-case approach to be made for each level crossing in the UK.
RSSB's Covid Transmission Model provides an independent view of the average risk of virus transmission risks on trains and supports the UK's railways in making important decisions as passenger numbers begin to increase again.
Following the disruption caused by the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Class 800 and 385 series trains in May 2021, ORR is set to undertake a review of the impact of the incident on safety and passengers.
With oversight from the UK's Office of Rail and Road, Hitachi Rail, train operators and the government have agreed a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more Class 800 Series and 385 Series trainsets into passenger service after cracks were found on some trains.
ORR has raised its concerns regarding the two main players in the UK's railway signalling market, stating that competition needs to be improved for alternative companies.
The UK Rail Minister has requested a comprehensive plan from Hitachi to identify the extent of cracking found on some Class 800 Series trains, and has asked the rail industry to urgently set out a strategy to resolve prolonged passenger and network disruption.
The Alert Me by Messenger technology provides rail passengers with the available transport options and information regarding disruption and crowding.
As well as being an additional measure of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Avanti's new At-Seat Order service has been welcomed by accessibility groups as a way to make travel more accessible.
With new data showing that nine in 10 people would find it useful to have information on how busy services are, Transport Focus has called for transport operators to provide better information about the space available on board their services.
The onboard system utilises artificial intelligence and existing CCTV cameras to ‘count’ the number of passengers in each carriage in real-time in order to aid social distancing.
Following the launch of a competitive procurement in January 2019, Siemens Mobility has been selected as the preferred bidder to manufacture a new fleet for Amtrak.
The SWR Welcome Hosts service and the ‘Cleaner & Cleaner’ poster campaign will support passengers and remind them to protect both themselves and others.
Metrolink has received $59,000 to fund an outreach campaign to deter suicides on its network through training, public engagement and awareness.
The Eco Bot 50 will support Greater Anglia's team in cleaning large areas, such as concourses and platforms, at Stansted Airport train station.