Putting passengers first

Network Rail is changing.

We’re creating a more customer focussed, service driven organisation that puts passengers first.

Following an extensive review, we are changing the way we operate. The proposal is a new model for the organisation; one that will better align with train operators and franchises. It will bring track and train closer together, embed a customer service mindset and ensure a better focus on performance. 

We will push devolution further than ever before, making routes more responsive to local needs and cutting through red tape and bureaucracy. 

Decision making will be more localised – this means a better understanding of what our passengers want, and greater effectiveness in delivering those changes. Our renewed customer mindset will ensure at every stage, our planning and actions put the passenger's experience at the very heart of what we do.

Find out what is changing

Here are some recent improvements for passengers…

What's changing?

  • There are now 14 routes, each with responsibility for delivery of its operations, maintenance and renewals 
  • The routes are responsible for day to day delivery of train performance and will work closely with their local train operating partners 
  • The routes are supported by five Network Rail regions, each led by a managing director. These regions are Eastern, North West & Central, Scotland's Railway, Southern and Wales & Western.
  • A new Network Services directorate has been formed from the Freight and National Passenger Operators and Route Businesses Centre, and co-ordinates national initiatives that impact the operational railway such as freight, incident management, security and performance. 
  • A number of previously centralised services and functions are being devolved to region or route level enabling us to be more responsive to customers and passengers and better deliver to future plans.

When will these changes happen?

The first phase, the formation of the new regions, took place in June 2019.  

Our new routes were set up in August and September and take responsibility for the operation, maintenance, renewal and enhancement of our railway.  We now have 14 routes across five regions.

Next Steps

Changes are planned in a series of phases. The first phase took place between June and September 2019. Phase two of the programme started in November 2019.  This phase is designed to strengthen our new regions and further build Network Services and Route Services. These changes will be embedded in the next few months before moving onto the next phase, in Summer 2020. It's important that the changes are made when the timing is right, and the network is ready, as this will deliver better outcomes for rail users.  

There are two more phases of change in the programme. The aim is to complete the whole programme of change by the end of 2020.  

Information will continue to be published on our website as these changes are introduced. 

A safe and reliable railway

Against this backdrop of transformation, our priority remains to deliver a safe and reliable railway. Information will continue to be published on our website as these changes are introduced.

This new structure will help transform Network Rail into an organisation that truly puts passengers first, delivers better day-to-day performance for the railway and one that is firmly on the side of passengers and freight users.