We’re funded by government in five year blocks, called Control Periods. This document sets out what we will deliver over Control Period 5 (CP5), from April 2014 to March 2019. It is the ‘contract’ against which ORR will measure our performance.
This is the companion to the Delivery Plan for CP6 and the most recent update was published in March 2019. It details the outputs and milestones for every programme in England and Wales that has passed a decision to deliver. An Enhancements Delivery Plan for Scotland is published separately.
For a variety of reasons, the cost and timescales on a small number of the projects due to take place during 2014–2019 have increased beyond expectation. The Enhancements Improvement Programme sets out how we’re changing our approach to the development and delivery of projects to ensure the rail industry doesn’t face similar problems in future.
Strategic business plans
In the summer of 2012, the Government published its vision for Britain's railway, the High Level Output Specification (HLOS). This detailed what it wanted the rail industry to deliver in Control Period 5.
The strategic business plans both for England and Wales, and for Scotland were our initial formal response to the Government, along with A better railway for a better Britain, which makes clear our commitments in 10 key areas to benefit all our customers.