"Although we welcome these positive plans, action is needed now if we are to reach Net Zero on our railways by 2050," says David Clarke, Technical Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA).
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Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
The UK’s Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is a non-ministerial government department responsible for the economic and safety regulation of Britain’s railways, and the economic monitoring of Highways England.
The Office of Rail and Road has published data demonstrating that the UK is electrifying its railway at less than half the rate needed to decarbonise by 2050.
A review commissioned into how Network Rail plans for and delivers engineering works, has found that while there have been some recent improvements, further work is required to minimise disruption to passengers and ensure public money is spent appropriately.
Following the release of the Office of Rail and Road’s latest rail safety report, a warning has been issued due to the increase of level crossing deaths and close calls across Britain.
According to statistics revealed by the Office of Rail and Road, the volume of freight transported across Britain’s railway in Q1 of 2021, has returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
In its interim report, the Office of Rail and Road has reviewed the Hitachi’s Class 800 and 385 series trains, that were impacted by corrosion and cracks caused by stress and fatigue.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has released data outlining the lowest level of emissions, on record, across Great Britain’s railway network during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) proposes a new code of practice, with the intention to reduce the time it takes for commuter complaints to be responded to by the Rail Ombudsman.
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.
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.
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.
Statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have revealed that the unprecedented fall in usage can be attributed entirely to the impact of the pandemic.
The UK government has announced the formation of a new public body, Great British Railways, which will bring the UK's railways under single, accountable national leadership.
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.