We protect the interests of rail and road users. We are improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads, today and in the future.
Our railway health, safety, economic and road functions overall are driven by UK and EU legislation. We are accountable to Parliament and the public to protect the people who use, interact or work on the railway; ensure fair access to a rail network which is becoming increasingly congested; ensure Highways England delivers its major programme of investment and other performance commitments; and protect the interests of future users by working with the industry and funders as they develop the network of tomorrow.
Who we are and what we do
Our infographic provides a simple overview of who we are and our functions for Rail and Roads.View our infographic
As an independent regulator, ORR operates within the framework set by UK and EU legislation and is accountable through Parliament and the courts.
We regulate the rail industry's health and safety performance, we hold Network Rail and High Speed 1 (HS1) to account and we make sure that the rail industry is competitive and fair.
We plan our annual activities in the context of our long-term vision, based on our strategic objectives as an independent regulator.
We work alongside infrastructure companies, the Westminster, Scottish and Welsh governments, other safety bodies and companies in the industry.
We are funded by the rail industry through licence fees and safety levies. Our road functions are funded by the DfT.