MP Simon Fell has his say after the rail regulator’s report
MP said ‘we need to keep the pressure on Network Rail’ after it was revealed ‘progress has been made’ a year after an investigation into the organization’s impact on poor performance trains in the Northwest and Central region.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the regulator that conducted the original investigation, found action had been taken but said ‘increased attention’ was needed within months ahead to ensure improvements are fully delivered to passengers and cargo.
Barrow and Furness MP Simon Fell said: “The key metric is punctuality and reliability.
“People need to be able to be sure that when they take the train, it arrives and runs on time.
“There has been significant progress in recent years, but we need to keep the pressure on Network Rail and the rail operating companies to keep this happening and for any service changes to be reported clearly and well. ‘advanced.”
South Lakes MP Tim Farron said rail services in Cumbria had “ sadly not been up to par for many years now ”.
“While it is very welcome to see the Bureau of Railways and Roads see that progress has been made in improving services in the Northwest, there is clearly a long way to go,” he said. he declares.
“This is why it is so important that the government properly implements these major new rail reforms, so that passengers get the right level of service for which they are paying.
ORR was concerned about slow progress on six of its recommendations from a year ago – mostly related to asset management and operations.
He said the region has made good progress with electrification work and understanding unexplained grid outages.
However, it was felt that Network Rail needed to further develop processes such as weather resilience.