About ORR

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways. 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.

Our functions

Our safety and economic functions are driven by EU and UK legislation – and we are accountable to Parliament and the courts.

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How we work

We plan our activities in the context of our long-term vision for the railways, based on our strategic objectives.

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Who we are

As an independent regulator, ORR operates within the framework set by UK and EU legislation and is accountable through Parliament and the courts.

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What we do

We regulate the rail industry’s health and safety performance, we hold Network Rail and High Speed 1 to account and we make sure that the rail industry is competitive and fair.

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Who we work with

We work alongside rail infrastructure companies, the Westminster, Scottish and Welsh governments, other safety bodies and companies in the railway industry.

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How we are funded

We are funded by the rail industry through license fees and safety levies.

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Open rail

Rail transparency – Information on how the rail industry is financed and how it is performing

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ORR Open Data

We publish data and information about ORR as part of our commitment to transparency.

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Supplying ORR

Supplying goods and services and entering into contract with the ORR

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Working at ORR

Find information on the types of careers at ORR and how to apply for current vacancies.

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Contact us

For general enquiries, complaints, media enquiries or to report an incident.

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