Rail Operating Companies to Take Over Some Network Rail Roles


The Government is expected to announce this week that rail operating companies will be able to take over some track maintenance roles from Network Rail. The intention would be to ensure that maintenance work was completed more efficiently because of the motivation of the rail operating company to minimise delays.

The speech will be made by Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, and in an exclusive for the Daily Telegraph, the paper suggested that:

“It will be a shot across the bows of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has used a threat to renationalise the railways to win over the support of frustrated rail commuters in middle England”.

The Department for Transport has refused to comment before the speech is made.