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2012-06-28 NET-001
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Opening up: Network Rail's transparency programme

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Network Rail

Opening up: Network Rail's transparency programme

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28 June 2012
source Network Rail
type Press release

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Network Rail underlined its commitment to greater transparency today with the unveiling of a new information portal on its website. For the first time people will have easy access to a range of information about Britain’s rail infrastructure operator. Categories of information include:

Budget and costs of high-profile projects
Assessments for 50 high risk level crossings scored on the rail industry's level crossing risk model
Real-time train running data
Agendas and minutes of meetings of the board
Executive directors’ expenses
Number of high earners by £25k band

David Higgins, Network Rail’s chief executive said: “I believe in transparency. It helps improve decision making and can drive culture change in an organisation. Given the amount of money that taxpayers put into the rail industry, it is only correct they are given the right to scrutinise what their money is paying for. I believe Network Rail has to take the lead in opening up the industry to new levels of transparency and I hope others will soon follow that lead.”

Network Rail is committed to increasing the amount of information they make available, and want the choices on what they publish in the future to be informed by what people would find helpful. So as well as proactively releasing this information, Network Rail invites suggestions on what information should be added to this initial offering in the future.

Mark Farrow, Network Rail’s head of transparency added: “Public feedback will help guide us as we decide what information and data we can make available in the future. We won’t be able to publish everything people suggest – there will be some times where security, cost or commercial confidentiality issues will intervene – but we will do everything we can to keep the scheme’s content fresh, relevant and informative.”

Notes to editors

To view all the information and data being made available and to suggest future content, go to:

Software developers can download information about real time train running data feeds here: This service is available on a pre-registration basis until 20.00 on Thursday 28th June, and the full service will be available thereafter.

The data feeds available will be:

Train Movements - train positioning and movement event data, including incident and delay messages
TD - train positioning data, at signal berth level
TSR (Temporary Speed Restrictions) – details of temporary reductions in line speeds across the rail network
VSTP (Very Short Term Plan) – schedule records created via this process (and thus not available via CIF)
RTPPM (Real Time Public Performance Measure) - this shows the performance of trains against the timetable, measured as the percentage of trains arriving at destination on time
SCHEDULE – extract of train schedules from the Integrated Train Planning System
Contact information

Media Relations (National)
020 3356 8700

About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

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