The Office of Rail and Road protect the interests of rail and road users, improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads today and in the future.
We are here to ensure the network operates safely, reliably and provides value for taxpayers and customers. We safeguard the public and the workforce by regulating the rail industry's health and safety performance. We hold Network Rail to account – and we require it to provide passengers with a punctual, reliable service. We make sure that train and freight operating companies have fair access to the rail network, and that the market is competitive and fair.
We are also responsible for monitoring Highways England's management of the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England.
Our safety and economic functions are driven by EU and UK legislation – and we are accountable to Parliament and the courts.Read an overview of our role