In the news this week

Network Rail is always in the news.

Catering for 4.5m rail journeys every single day, while simultaneously delivering an ambitious, multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan focused on renewing and upgrading 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts, thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run), means we have a wide-reaching impact and the work we do is extremely newsworthy. 

Every week, we'll highlight just a few of those interesting news stories.

Friday 10 November, 2017

Ordsall's new track strikes Chord with rail history - The Times

The opening of the Ordsall Chord bridge was covered in The Times, including a prominent picture of the track looking across the span of the bridge. The Ordsall Chord, 300 metres of new track that includes the world’s first asymmetric rail bridge is an £85m project that connects Manchester’s three main railway stations.

Rail users miss out on £10m Christmas gift - Sunday Times

The Sunday Times spoke with ‘industry experts’ who told them Network Rail will pay a ‘conservative’ estimate of £10m compensation to train operators in compensation payments to train operators this Christmas. The thrust of the piece is they believe it's unfair train operators receive compensation for disruption over Christmas while passengers do not (because if a train operator warns of timetable amendments far enough in advance they don’t have to). It’s noted that if passengers did receive compensation, it would push the price up of rail projects. 

Carillion wins £320m-worth of Network Rail contracts - Telegraph

Carillion has won two contracts worth around £320m over the next three years. A £62m, 30-month contract has been awarded to upgrade the track between London St Pancras and Corby. Also, Carillion's joint venture with Powerlines Group has been awarded a £260m, three-year contract to electrify the line between Bedford and Kettering and along the branch line to Corby. The Telegraph and all the national papers covered the story.

outside of st pancras station

In the new railway age London now has stations to celebrate - Evening Standard

Simon Jenkins wrote a comment piece for the Evening Standard celebrating the beauty of London's railway stations. He credits privatisation with being partly responsible for the preservation of many of the capital's stations. He also highlights that next week is the 10th anniversary of the ‘most glorious day in recent railway history: the reopening of St Pancras, one of London’s greatest stations.


Network Rail tackles bridge bashes - Passenger Transport

Media coverage continues to come in following the launch of our recent 'bridge strike' campaign. We've rolled out new initiatives aimed at working with the haulage sector to prevent 'bridge bashes'. Passenger Transport writes up the story.

Every incident creates potential delay for tens of thousands of passengers... It's only a matter of time before road or rail users are killed as a result of this carelessness.

Peter Hendy, chairman, Network Rail

So, you want my job? Media relations manager, Network Rail - PR Week

Donna Mitchell, our media relations manager, spoke to PR Week about her role, the daily challenges she faces and the rewards it brings, in an exclusive profile piece as part of their 'So you want me job?' series.

Donna told PR Week Network Rail is responsible for 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. She notes we employ over 37,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day.

Days rarely pan out as you had hoped – but that’s the nature of most press work, wherever you work. It also makes it hard when you’re trying to cut through with a positive, proactive story.

Donna Mitchell, media relations manager, Network Rail

When asked about 'what not to say at interview' Donna joked:

...No train puns – we’ve heard them all and they’re not funny – though if you’ve got a new one and you’re confident it won’t "derail" the interview you can try your luck...

Donna Mitchell, media relations manager, Network Rail