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2012-03-06 NET-001
Network Rail


Alliance agreements signal way to savings and improvements

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Network Rail

Alliance agreements signal way to savings and improvements

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2012-04-30 Passengers to benefit as South West Trains and Network Rail form new alliance (South West Trains)


Tuesday 06 Mar 2012 13:41
source Network Rail
type Press release

In response to the Office of Rail Regulation’s support for Network Rail’s new alliances with train operators, Paul Plummer, group strategy director, said:

“Network Rail is committed to bringing down barriers to greater co-operation in the rail industry. By alliancing, we can work more efficiently with ultimate benefits to the taxpayer, passengers and freight users.

“Working with train operators in an alliance framework we will be able to better align incentives and see quicker, more joined-up, decision making. There will be a joint focus to drive continuous safety improvement and the needs of all customers – franchised, open access or freight – will be safeguarded.”

Network Rail’s draft policy statement on alliances is published on its website today.

Alliance framework agreements have so far been made or about to be made with several operators and discussions continue with all other operators on how Network Rail can work more closely together with them and these may lead to further alliance agreements. Network Rail is also discussing the opportunity for further alliancing as part of refranchising.

A potentially different kind of alliance, called a deep alliance, is being developed involving the Wessex route (one of Network Rail's devolved business units) and South West Trains. This may see the establishment of a single, senior joint management team formed to look after both train and track on the Wessex route operating out of Waterloo – a much more integrated way of working.

Notes to Editors:

The alliances will be discrete individual agreements with each operator but all the agreements have some common features including:

Network Rail and the operator will remain separate entities
Employees will continue to have the same employer (with their current terms and conditions)
Each company continues to be ultimately accountable for their own areas of responsibility
The interests of other passenger rail companies and freight operators are protected
The agreements in place commit the companies to working together and to work up specified projects where there is an opportunity for more integrated working and an opportunity to improve the service to passengers or reduce cost. The alliances may look at how stations can be better managed to provide a better service to passengers, how engineering work can be better planned or how improvements to train punctuality can be delivered.

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