2019 press releases and statements

All press releases and statements from January to December 2019 are shown below. Other press releases and statements are available under their relevant year.

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  • ORR’s annual assessment of Network Rail highlights need for continued focus on train performance and efficiency

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    Making its final annual assessment of Network Rail for Control Period 5 (2014-19), ORR’s Network Rail Monitor published today highlights a mixed picture: good performance by the company in managing its infrastructure assets and for the freight sector, but continued underperformance in the key areas of passenger train performance and efficiency.

  • Mixed report for Network Rail Scotland in ORR’s annual assessment

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    In its final annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland for Control Period 5 (2014-19), published today, ORR highlights good progress in its delivery of enhancements and freight performance but continued poor passenger train service performance.

  • GTR fined £1m after man killed on the Gatwick Express

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    Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd (GTR) has today been fined £1 million, with £52,267 costs, after being convicted of one offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

  • ORR urges sweeping reforms on accessibility and compensation

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    • Assisted travel reforms include improving the reliability of assistance for passengers, a shorter notice period for booking assistance and redress when things go wrong.
    • ORR recommends that train operators are required to tell passengers of their right to compensation during a journey and settle claims in 20 days.
  • ORR warns industry to refocus efforts on safety

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    The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its Annual Report on Health and Safety which stresses that Britain’s railway remains one of the safest railways in Europe for passengers, but warns that the rate of improvement has shown signs of slowing.