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 8 September, 2017

Farmers and level crossings - BBC Radio 4

On Wednesday 6 September, Network Rail launched the S.A.F.E.R user-worked level crossing campaign targeted at farmers who are the main users of these types of crossings.

Network Rail figures reveal the number of incidents at level crossings rise during the harvest season, with last year’s season seeing 300 more incidents than the previous year.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety, was interviewed on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 with further coverage across farming press expected throughout September.

Private finance in the railway - Rail Technology Magazine

Mark Carne, our chief executive, wrote an exclusive piece for Rail Technology Magazine on how he’s determined to find ways for the private sector to directly invest in railway projects. Network Rail is now delivering almost a quarter of all infrastructure investment in the UK – £130m every single week – while simultaneously serving 4.5 million passengers safely, every day.

As a government-owned business, this has some challenges. But by unlocking private finance, we can potentially deliver railway improvements for passengers and communities that would otherwise not be possible by reducing the burden on central government and taxpayers.

Mark Carne, chief executive, Network Rail
Mark Carne head shot

Diversity challenge - Rail Professional

In this month's issue of Rail Professional, Network Rail is lauded for "rising to the diversity challenge" in the railway as we have agreed to help deliver an increase in female employment.

With ever greater frequency, senior business leaders celebrate the benefits a diverse workforce can bring - new and alternative perspectives gleaned from diversity of age, gender and culture - all contributing towards the growth and prosperity of a given company.

Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail