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MPs hear from Network Rail and Office of Rail Regulation

14 January 2015

The Transport Committee held a one-off evidence session which considered the over-running engineering works at King’s Cross and Paddington on the weekend of 27/28 December. The Committee took evidence from Network Rail, and then from the rail regulator, the Office of Rail Regulation.

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 January 2015, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.05pm

  • Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail
  • Robin Gisby, Managing Director, Network Operations, Network Rail

At 2.50pm

  • Richard Price, Chief Executive, Office of Rail Regulation
  • Joanna Whittington, Director, Railway Markets and Economics, Office of Rail Regulation

Likely topics for discussion include:

  • The causes for the over-running engineering works at King’s Cross and Paddington;
  • the contingency planning for these overruns, and the use of Finsbury Park station in place of King’s Cross;
  • the level of information and support offered to passengers; and
  • the Office of Rail Regulation’s review into the overrunning engineering works.

The session was originally scheduled for 7 January, but was rearranged following a request from Network Rail, to allow the session to be informed by the report commissioned by Mark Carne from Dr Francis Paonessa, Network Rail infrastructure projects director. Dr Paonessa’s report, which is due to be published on Friday, will cover the sequence of events and associated decision making that led to the problems experienced, and make recommendations on immediate steps to be taken by Network Rail to improve delivery of engineering works.

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