Press releases and statements

Our latest press releases and statements and media contact information.

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  • ORR’s work on train dispatch safety

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    An ORR spokesperson said:

    "Yesterday we published our report on the introduction of DOO on GTR – Southern which confirmed that Driver Only Operation is a safe method of working.  As with all types of train dispatch, including dispatch by station staff and guards, this requires suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place.

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  • Statement on GTR-Southern’s Driver Only Operation

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    Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways, said:

    "Following a thorough review of GTR-Southern’s method and implementation of Driver Only Operation, ORR is satisfied that with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working.

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  • Delay Refunds: Regulator says some progress made but train operators must do more

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    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today noted train companies’ progress in improving how customers can claim compensation, as part of our latest Rail Compensation Report.

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  • Office of Rail and Road sets out its approach to monitoring road investment

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    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its approach to the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), in which it highlights a range of issues for consideration by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England.

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  • ORR’s statement on driver only operation

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    An ORR spokesperson said:

    "Trains with doors operated by drivers (known in the industry as ‘Driver Only Operation’) have been in operation in Great Britain for more than 30 years. ORR has scrutinised this approach, and our inspectors are satisfied that with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working."

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