Network Rail: Standards

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Office for Rail and Road’s plans to monitor Network Rail’s (a) unit costs and (b) productivity at route level in Control Period 6.

Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) incentives and (b) disincentives the Office for Rail and Road proposes to bring forward in CP6 to ensure improvements to Network Rail’s (i) unit costs and (ii) productivity in Control Period 6.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has made significant changes to its regulatory approach to inform the planning for CP6, with an increased emphasis on route-level regulation of Network Rail and bottom-up appraisals of the deliverability and efficiency of its plans. These changes will increase transparency, creating stronger incentives on Network Rail to ensure improvements to its unit costs, efficiency and productivity, as well as to further improve the ORR’s ability to monitor Network Rail and hold it to account. The Government is working closely with the ORR to support these changes and improve the efficiency of the railway, whilst being mindful of the ORR’s statutory independence from Government and its accountability to Parliament for the effective delivery of its functions.

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