WE Design and Create
In October 2002, Network Rail took over the running of Britain’s rail infrastructure with a mandate from the Government to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway. When they took responsibility for the rail network on 28 October 2002 the immediate priorities were clear: restoring public confidence in the safety of the railway, reducing the number of late trains – at the time almost a quarter were late, and bringing costs under control.
Today, rail is a success story. There are more journeys than at any time, with the exception of the two world wars – 3.25 million every day and 1.3 billion a year. Though the network is half the size it was before the 1960s, more trains run every day than ever before. Rail is no longer an industry in decline, but one expanding and planning with confidence. Network Rail have achieved some notable successes which have given their stakeholders confidence that they can deliver.
Network Rail connects people to places and jobs. Their role is fundamental to the economy. Their responsibility is to safely transport more people and goods to where they need to be, on time every time.
Network Rail operate, maintain and invest in Britain’s rail network including:
20,000 miles of track (and infrastructure)
32,000 bridges and tunnels
18 major stations – more than half of all passenger journeys start or finish at one of them
2,500 other stations - leased to train operators
8,200 commercial properties.
Network Rail gives equal importance and effort to investing in their people. The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme was established which is now the largest of such schemes in the country. They also set up a partnership with Warwick Business School to develop future leaders, run from their leadership centre at Westwood. In operational terms, we should not forget the substantial contribution Network Rail made to making London 2012 the first public transport Olympic Games.
Alongside their improvements in passenger safety, the renewal of so much rail infrastructure and the delivery of substantial cost efficiencies, there is clearly much to celebrate. The next five years on the West of England Western Route will see some exciting projects delivered and some major challenges tackled. Network Rail will work with their partners to deliver this, so that by 2019 the railway will have been modernised whilst retaining the special heritage.