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.
From April, ORR will take on an additional responsibility for monitoring Highways England's management of the strategic road network.
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