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Rail industry to conduct review of improvement work timing

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Rail industry to conduct review of improvement work timing

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12 January 2015
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release

The rail industry is to undertake a review to establish the best time for carrying out major improvement projects on the railway.

The review follows significant disruption to services into and out of London on 27 and 28 December 2014, prompted primarily by overrunning works. It will be independently led by a team of senior and experienced industry figures, and overseen by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents operators and Network Rail.

Network Rail engineers work every day of the year to carry out vital maintenance and improvement work. The biggest projects have historically been undertaken during key UK public holidays such as Christmas and Easter, largely because significantly fewer people travel by train at those times.

The review will look at:

• lessons learned from the disruption following Christmas 2014 and also earlier major programmes of work including those completed outside public holidays;
• factors affecting the impact of improvement work on services at different times of year;
• how major work can best be managed in order to limit the impact on both passenger and freight services, including contingency procedures and plans in the event that overruns or delays to services occur;
• the industry’s existing performance incentive structure in relation to payments between Network Rail and operators for the impact of improvement work on services;
• best practice and experience in other countries including Japan, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

Tim O’Toole, Chief Executive of FirstGroup and RDG member overseeing the review, said:

“Network Rail is spending £38billion over five years to build a better railway and meet the booming demand for train travel, helping to drive Britain’s economic growth. Major projects such as those completed over the Christmas period are crucial to the continued improvement and high safety levels of our railway.

“But thousands of passengers did not get the service they deserved in the days following Christmas. So it’s right that the industry takes a good look at how it plans improvement works, and the best time to carry these out.”


Notes to editors

1. The review will be overseen by the RDG’s Asset, Programme and Supply Chain Management (APSCM) working group, which is led by Tim O’Toole. It will begin on Tuesday 13 January and be completed by the end of March.
2. The review team is:
• Anton Valk CBE, former Chief Executive of Abellio
• Christopher Garnett OBE, former Chief Executive of Great North Eastern Railway and former Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies
• Richard Morris, former Managing Director at Crossrail and Business Continuity Director at Eurostar
• Graham Smith MBE, the RDG’s first Director General and former Planning Director for DB Schenker Rail (UK)
Over the Christmas period, just over two million people travel on average every weekday, compared to just under five million on a typical weekday.

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