Office of Rail and Road Update – June 2017

30 June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter, (last month we didn’t send one due to the period before the general election).

Joanna WhittingtonWe are busy preparing for next month when we publish our annual reports on Network Rail’s and Highways England’s performance. We will also publish our Annual Health and Safety Report looking at safety on our railways, as well as our consumer report, as the summer progresses.

Look out on our website for all of these as they’re published.

Our own performance features in our annual report highlighting many of our successes last year and detailing our own performance against our business objectives.

Joanna Whittington
Chief Executive, Office of Rail and Road


Top stories

ORR board ‘out and about’ in the West Midlands

ORR May visit to BirminghamMeeting people to understand the issues that matter to them is vital to help us in developing regulation that supports businesses and gives the best service to users. Last month the ORR Board met in the West Midlands to listen to transport concerns and matters in such a key road and rail transport hub for the future. ORR Chair, Stephen Glaister blogs about what we learnt from our visits.

ORR’s Risk Management Maturity Model leads the way

Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3)Our Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) provides a checklist of 26 themes to help companies to achieve excellence in health and safety management. It has been widely adopted across industry and has recently been updated in conjunction with The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL). RM3 is now also more accessible to a range of health and safety professionals and managers in different industries. John Gillespie, Deputy Director Safety Policy and Strategy tells us more in his blog.

Understanding the commercial realities facing the supply chain

Quarry VisitUnderstanding how the infrastructure supply chain can support both Network Rail and Highways England deliver major projects and renewals is at the heart of ORR’s role in monitoring the performance of both organisations. Peter Antolik, ORR’s Highways Director blogged about his visit to Bardon Hill Quarry, operated by Aggregate Industries on a fact –finding visit.

Tell us what you think about the ORR website

We are conducting a short survey on the effectiveness and usability of the ORR website, and we need you to tell us what you think of it today, and how to improve it. The anonymous survey should only take five minutes to complete. We want to get as many opinions as possible, so please forward the link to others if you can. The survey is running until Wednesday 5 July.