Network Rail devolution could enhance technology deployment, RSSB tell ORR
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A devolved Network Rail could help to speed up the deployment of transformative technology on the railway, according to RSSB's response to a consultation on the infrastructure manager's outputs and funding for the years 2019 to 2024.

The Office of Rail and Road's (ORR) PR18 consultation will determine how Network Rail is regulated for Control Period 6 (2019-2024). The ORR has invited stakeholders to comment on the initial consultation for PR18.

RSSB's response highlights the need to consider how to incentivise more innovative approaches to improving the performance of the network, to make sure whole life costs and the impact of devolution on other rail operators are considered. Our response also highlights the need to consider industry approved strategies including the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS), the Sustainable Development Principles and Taking Safe Decisions framework in informing the regulation of a more devolved Network Rail. 

RSSB's Head of Rail Technical Strategy, Guy Woodroffe, said There is a real opportunity to encourage and accelerate the introduction of technology across the industry to support both near term needs and longer term transformation. A progressive approach to the future regulation of a devolved Network Rail and the incentives placed upon it are important in achieving this.

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