Consultation on improving Network Rail’s renewals efficiency

Date published: 20 July 2017
Closing date: 13 September 2017, 5pm.

Network Rail’s efficiency in renewing the rail network is crucial to the value for money that passengers, freight users and taxpayers get from the railway. This efficiency has fallen in recent years.

This consultation document seeks views on what Network Rail, ORR and the wider industry need to do differently to improve renewals efficiency in CP6. It draws on an analysis of the experience of CP5 and wider planned changes for CP6. The outcome of the consultation will help inform our approach to scrutinising Network Rail’s plans for CP6.

Consultation document

Improving Network Rail’s renewals efficiency – a consultation, July 2017

How to respond

We would welcome your views on this consultation by 13 September 2017. Please send your response to We have prepared this pro-forma, should you wish to use it when submitting your response.

Publishing your response

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If you want information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.

In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

We will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

Format of responses

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If you do send us a PDF document, please:

  • create it from the electronic Word file (preferably using Adobe Acrobat), as opposed to an image scan, where possible; and
  • ensure that the PDF's security method is set to no security in the document properties.