Union regrets National Rail underperformance

13 September 2013

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) believes that Network Rail is underperforming on some of its efficiency objectives according to new research.

ORR’s annual efficiency and financial analysis of Network Rail considers the amount of money the not for dividend company has spent and what it has gained in return for the funds received from train operators and governments. The report scrutinises spending on renewals, maintenance and asset management, and examines what was delivered.

Commenting on the research ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said: ‘At a time of rising salaries and bonuses for its senior executives it defies belief that Network Rail can let hard pressed passengers down yet again with a decrease in the rail network’s performance. We should also remember that it is the Officer of the Rail Regulator which has cut the infrastructure operator’s budget so they can hardly be surprised when it falls short of expectations.’

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