BRITAIN’s transport regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), has required infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) to take four immediate actions to improve services for passengers after an investigation found systemic failings in the company’s general management of timetable changes.
A STUDY by the Alliance of New Rail Entrants (AllRail) puts Austria’s rail regulator Schienen-Control at the bottom of a list of 15 European rail regulators when it comes to approving new regulations. As a result, AllRail is calling for changes at Schienen-Control to make it more efficient.
AUSTRALIA’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) will take over full jurisdiction for railway safety in Queensland on June 30 following the passing of legislation by the state government on February 28 for it to cede responsibility to ONRSR.
At the start of this year new 10-year concessions came into effect for infrastructure management and operation of passenger services on most of the Dutch railway network. Quintus Vosman considers whether lessons have been learned from the previous concession, and how the new agreements will shape the operation of the network over the next decade.
European railfreight is an industry undergoing rapid structural change as liberalisation opens the market to new players and larger operators expand their international activities. Keith Barrow looks at a new report from the Centre on Regulation in Europe, which considers how regulators might respond to changes in the railfreight business.