The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has revealed its internal processes are changing to ensure Control Period 6 (CP6) is successful.
It was confirmed in the monthly update from the regulator’s Chief Executive, John Larkinson, who said many of the changes that are being put in place or have been already are a result of the lessons from Control Period 5 (CP5).
He said: “Since last summer, we have been emphasising the importance of Network Rail being ready to deliver its committed renewals and planned efficiencies from the start of CP6.
CP6 got underway at the start of April, and will see an infrastructure programme implemented that will commit more in investment than ever before on the railway.
The ORR is ensuring monitoring is at its best so that Network Rail are where they need to be to improve on plans already in place; the regulator has previously spoken to Transport Britain about mistakes that have been made on monitoring in the past.
All the subsequent work and preparations are to ensure mistakes are not repeated.
And the ORR also explained how its own internal processes have changed to increase efficiency.
John Larkinson, Chief Executive of the ORR, said: “We have been changing our internal processes to ensure that we are ready for CP6.
“As part of this, we have bolstered our teams dedicated to monitoring Network Rail’s routes, to ensure we have the right skills and staff in key areas including asset management and performance.
“An early challenge for us in CP6 will be in ensuring that Network Rail does not get distracted from delivering its commitments for its customers as it moves to its new regional and route structure.”
Rail is clearly an important area for the ORR, but the update also included details about completing a review on Highways England’s plans for the next five-year road investment.