Accountability

This page contains information about how Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is accountable to elected bodies throughout the United Kingdom.

Supporting the democratic scrutiny of rail and road

ORR actively supports the scrutiny work of transport-focused committees in the Houses of Parliament, Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

ORR’s regular reporting on the performance of Network Rail and Highways England ensures elected representatives have the information they need to examine the performance of these publicly-owned companies.

Additionally, ORR publishes reports on a range of topics that promotes understanding and debate of activities that we regulate, such as railway safety and the railway passenger experience.

As a national statistical authority for the railways, ORR publishes reliable and independent information on the railways to give politicians and policy makers an accurate overview of trends in the railways.

ORR has a programme of active engagement to ensure MPs, Peers, MSPs, AMs and MLAs are aware of the information we produce to inform their scrutiny and decision-making.

Accountability for our performance

As a public body and non-ministerial government department, ORR is accountable for its performance in the following ways:

  • Annual report which is laid before the House of Commons.
  • Appearances of ORR chair, chief executive and directors before Parliamentary and Assembly Committees.
  • Evidence submitted to Parliamentary and Assembly inquiries.
  • The appointment of ORR Chair being subject to a confirmation hearing by the House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee.
  • Freedom of Information Act.

The ORR Board section provides details of how the Board is appointed and held to account.