ORR

ORR PR23 Policy Framework consultation on outcomes, infrastructure performance and managing change

Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the consultation on ORR Consultation on PR23 Outcomes, Infrastructure Performance and Managing Change. Overall we support the proposals in this consultation subject to the comments below. We are glad that ORR is also considering how its approach may need to change with the establishment of GBR, […]

RFG members quiz ORR over PR23

Dan Brown, Director of Economics, Markets and Strategy, and Catherine Williams, Deputy Director of Regulatory Strategy, took part in an RFG members-only roundtable on 20 July to discuss PR (Periodic Review) 23. This Periodic Review 2023 sets the funding and outputs for the five-year period from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2029 (known as […]

Official statistics show rail freight’s resilience

Official statistics show rail freight’s resilience

Rail freight grew by 2.1% in quarter 3 of 2020-12 according to official statistics issued on 4 March by Office of Rail and Road (ORR). This was driven by a growth in construction materials moved by train, up 6.1%, intermodal, up 2.3% and steel and metals which increased by 12.3%.  This was partly offset by […]

RFG comment on ORR’s Draft Determination of Network Rail

RFG comment on ORR’s Draft Determination of Network Rail

Commenting on the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Draft Determination of Network Rail, Maggie Simpson, RFG’s Executive Director, said: “We are pleased that the Office of Rail and Road have listened to the significant concerns of rail freight customers and operators, and propose to limit the increase in freight charges over the next control […]

PR18 Consultation response – ORR draft guidance

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plans (SBPs).     RFG supports the development of a strong NSO function at Network Rail, with appropriate regulation to support its delivery for customers.  Overall, we broadly agree with the approach outlined in the […]

Improving incentives on Network Rail and train operators

Rail Freight Group was pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultation on Charges and Contractual Incentives as part of Periodic Review 2018 (PR18).   Rail freight, which operates almost exclusively in the private sector, is a key part of UK freight and logistics.  Overall, rail accounts for around 12% of surface freight transport, with significantly […]

ORR’s consultations on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail route requirements

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultations on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail, and on route requirements and scorecards. We have responded to these three documents together given their overlaps. No part of this response is confidential.   Overall, we support the broad framework that ORR is proposing […]

Improving Network Rail’s renewals efficiency: a consultation

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultation on improving Network Rail’s renewals efficiency.    RFG recognises the imperative to ensure that an affordable and sustainable funding settlement is provided for CP6, which allows the railway to continue to thrive at an acceptable level of funding.  Ensuring that renewals are undertaken […]

RFG Newsletter – June 2017 – Issue 124

RFG Newsletter – June 2017 – Issue 124

The latest edition of RFG’s regular newsletter RFG News is now available to download. Issue 124 leads on the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) new figures, showing that despite the decline in coal volumes, the rail freight sector has seen strong growth in construction and intermodal traffic.    In this issue we have included […]

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