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GB Railfreight has been authorised by the Office of Rail and Road to place its fleet of Class 69s into service.
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The Office of Rail and Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Class 800 and 385 series trains.

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Oxford: Two GWR Class 800 IEPs, 800-028 and 802-003, in Oxford station on 6th August 2019.
Peter Todd 06/08/2019

Camelon: If it were human, only a mother could love it. A Class 385 pulls into Camelon with a Glasgow to Edinburgh service on 6 June 2019.
David Panton 06/06/2019

Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain fell to the lowest levels of annual passenger usage since at least before 1872, according to official statistics from the Office of Rail and Road. Nationally, 388 million journeys were made in 2020-21 (April to March), which equates to only 22% of the 1,739 million made in 2019-20. Total passenger revenue in Great Britain was £1.9 billion in 2020-21, compared to £10.4 billion in 2019-20. There were 80 million journeys made during the final quarter (Q4 January to March) of 2020-21, down from the 139 million made in the previous quarter (Q3 October to December) and the 133 million in Q2 (July to September). This was still more than double the 35 million journeys made in 2020-21 Q1 (April to June). This unprecedented fall in usage can be attributed entirely to the impact of the pandemic.
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The latest annual report on Network Rail's progress in delivering the five-year plan, the regulator says the plans are 'broadly on track'.
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In this, the first of a two-part episode, the Rail and Road Pod hears about how heritage railways are safely returning for passengers and how one particular railway has delivered improvements over the last year.
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Tyne Wear Metro operator, Nexus, has been fined £1.5 million today after pleading guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974., for failing to ensure the safety of staff.

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Reviews undertaken by the Office of Rail & Road and disability charity the Shaw Trust have lead to train and station operators improving the accessibility and provision of information on their websites.
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A total of 140 million rail journeys were made in Great Britain in October, November and December 2020 and season ticket usage by passengers increased to 23% of pre-Covid levels, according to official statistics by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
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Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain increased by almost 100 million in July, August and September (Q2 2020/21) compared to the first quarter of the year as the first lockdown eased.
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Glasgow Central remains the busiest station in Scotland with almost 33 million passenger entries and exits in the last year, figures published today by the Office of Rail and Road reveal.

Edinburgh (23,087,646), Glasgow Queen Street (16,685,760), Paisley Gilmour Street (3,903,776) and Haymarket (2,980,386) stations made up the remainder of the top five most used stations in Scotland.

[Railscot note: ORR comments that the reference period for the estimates runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. The ORR has also provided data for 1 April 2019 to February 2020.]
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Edinburgh Waverley: Plenty of takers for the 0752 LNER Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST, seen here arriving at Waverley platform 19 on 21 November 2019.
John Furnevel 21/11/2019

Glasgow Central: The large, open, bright and airy space of the Glasgow Central concourse.
Beth Crawford 23/05/2018

Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Passengers arriving at Queen Street Station on 24th September 2019, presented with a view of Glasgow's fine architecture through the new facade.
Bill Roberton 24/09/2019

Britain's least used railway station has been revealed as Berney Arms in Norfolk, which served just 42 passengers last year.The station, a request stop consisting of one short platform, a name plate and a tiny wooden shelter, is 30 minutes along a single-track line from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, and named after a local pub that closed several years ago. Situated in protected marshland near the River Yare and some way from the nearest main road, it is normally only accessible on foot.
(Permalink) Berney Arms ORR Office of Rail and Road Station statistics

Berney Arms: Way, way out at Berney Arms station, September 2009.
Ian Dinmore /09/2009

Berney Arms: One of the most remote stations in England has to be Berney Arms on the former Yarmouth & Norwich line in the midst of the Norfolk Broads. The short-platform request stop has no road access and is oth ...
Ian Dinmore /09/2007

Glasgow Central remains Scotland's busiest railway station with almost 33 million passenger entries and exits in the last year, according to figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual report on the rail industrys finances for 2019-20.
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Following an investigation by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Scotlands Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has prosecuted Network Rail for allowing trains to travel at more than 100mph over a badly storm damaged viaduct.
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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems to ensure the signalling supply chain is fair and competitive.
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Statement from the Office of Rail and Road's HM Chief Inspector of Railways Ian Prosser CBE.
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Office for Road and Rail call for express improvements.
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Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain fell to the lowest levels last seen in the mid-nineteenth century, official statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have revealed.
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The Office of Rail and Roads new accessible travel guidance has been published today. This sees new rules for train operators to maximise the use of available buses and coaches by disabled passengers during rail disruption. There is also requirement for improved information so passengers know where and when accessible vehicles will be operated.
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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger information.
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The non-mainline heritage rail sector has taken steps to improve how it manages safety across its railways and has been praised by the Office of Rail and Road for how it has managed the reopening of its railways since the coronavirus pandemic.
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More needs to be done to tackle the impacts of climate change on the railway, which has seen risks increase over the last year, according to a new report published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) today (14 July).
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