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 9 February, 2018 

Network Rail boss Mark Carne to step down this year - The Guardian

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, has advised the Board that he has decided to retire from the company later this year. Most of the national papers, including The Guardian cover the news. The timing of his announcement ensures a new chief executive will be established in role before the start of the next five year regulatory control period which begins in April 2019.

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Delivering the digital railway – Passenger Transport

The latest issue of Passenger Transport features an interview with Digital Railway’s David Waboso which focuses on our ambition to deliver the Digital Railway. The article is a glowing report on our Digital Railway programme and our positive relationship with Government. The piece also includes an endorsement from Sir Peter Hendy.

East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits – Guardian

All the national papers including The Guardian reported on the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise this week. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has reportedly told MPs the London-to-Edinburgh line could be directly operated by the DfT after it was announced Virgin Trains had ‘breached’ its £3.3bn contract. Virgin Trains East Coast said in a statement it was “pursuing claims against Network Rail for sustained poor performance.”

More rail passengers could win compensation for complaints under new ombudsman

The Telegraph reports ORR announced findings from a consultation which recommended all train companies sign up to an ombudsman who will rule on and help with customer complaints – acting as a kind of watchdog. The move is aimed at improving passenger compensation.

Labrador named Poppy has 'amazing' escape - Daily Mail

Mail Online reports that in January a Labrador named Poppy has had an 'amazing' escape after surviving being hit by a train. The dog from Westbury, Wiltshire was being walked by its owner near the rail line when Poppy began chasing a deer. The deer was killed by the train. Fortunately for the stricken dog, one driver noticed the problem and alerted authorities. Network Rail then warned drivers to 'run with caution' from 7.30am and approximately 20 minutes later, an operations manager spotted Poppy lying between the tracks. The dog was treated by Garston Vets who said she had suffered a couple of broken ribs.