Monitoring Network Rail’s performance

Annual assessment of Network Rail

13 July 2021
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This document is part of how we hold Network Rail to account. It sets out our views on Network Rail's delivery to its wide range of stakeholders within its regions and functions, highlighting any current and forthcoming risks as well as other areas of concern.

ORR’s assessment of Network Rail Scotland finds it continued to deliver despite the pandemic but the tragic incident at Carmont is a stark reminder of the need for infrastructure resilience to extreme weather

13 July 2021
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The Office of Rail and Road’s annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland’s performance in 2020-21 highlights a difficult year for the region. The derailment of a ScotRail service at Carmont, near Stonehaven, in which three people died, tragically demonstrates the need for Network Rail to make sure that railway assets are resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

ORR’s assessment of Network Rail’s Wales and Western region finds it successfully delivered engineering projects but calls for more action on structures inspections and track worker safety

13 July 2021
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The Office of Rail and Road’s annual assessment of Network Rail’s performance shows the Wales and Western region was able to complete upgrade and renewal work despite the pandemic. The regulator also highlights the need for improvements to track worker safety and the examination of structures, in the region.

ORR’s assessment of Network Rail’s Southern region finds it is the best performing region, but action needed on structures and worker safety

13 July 2021
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The Office of Rail and Road’s annual assessment of Network Rail’s performance shows the Southern region worked innovatively to carry out necessary maintenance and engineering works despite the challenges of the pandemic. The Southern region was Network Rail’s best performer overall against its company wide targets, which include metrics for operational delivery and asset performance.

Asset management independent reports

7 June 2021
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Network Rail's network licence includes a condition providing for independent experts (reporters) to be appointed by the network operator (Network Rail), to provide ORR with advice on different aspects of Network Rail’s performance.