Network Rail: Consultants

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Network Rail paid specialist infrastructure consultancy firm Nichols Group to commission and produce the report entitled Network Rail Maintenance Comparator Study Report, published by Network Rail on 13 July 2022.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The independent Nichols Group was commissioned to undertake a comparative study of 15 infrastructure organisations to assess Network Rail's progress in adopting modern working practices and new technology. The final report found that on most criteria, Network Rail's current restrictive and inflexible working practices make it less efficient than comparator organisations.

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