Improvement notices in 2014-15

We served 17 improvement notices - 13 on Network Rail, two on its contractors, one on TfL and one on Tyne and Wear Metro. We served five more improvement notices on Network Rail compared to 2013-14. The reasons for our notices – the first 10 of which had potentially network-wide implications, included:

  • unsuitable and insufficient consideration of safety by design controls for Network Rail's Western infrastructure enhancements (one at Swindon and one at Reading);
  • poor delivery, storage and redistribution of work and maintenance equipment within Network Rail's Stafford maintenance delivery unit;
  • failure by Network Rail to implement safety control measures at facing points (notice served under ROGS);
  • insufficient risk assessment at Network Rail's Carlisle delivery unit, particularly the management of off-track teams' pre-work briefings;
  • under-resourcing of maintenance and renewal arrangements to prevent derailment risks at Network Rail's Bristol delivery unit;
  • failure by Network Rail nationally to implement maintenance and repair controls to ensure the safety of points;
  • poor management of substances potentially hazardous to health at the Wales and Western delivery units (but relevant to Network Rail's delivery units nationally);
  • failure by Network Rail to provide suitable and sufficient risk assessment following the collapse of a signal across the Western mainline following signal post corrosion. Our notice had relevance across the whole Western route;
  • insufficient bridge parapet heights, despite Network Rail's previous commitments, to protect risk from overhead line electrical equipment;
  • insufficient risk assessment and plans (two notices) by Network Rail to manage the presence of asbestos at Euston station;
  • poor management which led to the manual handling of heavy signal cable 'troughing' by Network Rail employees; and
  • insufficient procedures to assess the presence and locate any live electrical services by H.S. Carlsteel Engineering Limited and Amalgamated Construction (a Network Rail principal contractor) at Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool.

Our other non-mainline improvement notices were on:

  • DB Regio's ineffective platform train dispatch procedures on the Tyne and Wear Metro;
  • poorly planned lifting arrangements at London Underground's Ruislip depot.

ORR's improvement notices, 2009-10 to 2014-15

 	ORR's improvement notices, 2009-10 to 2014-15