Network Rail is Britain’s main rail network supplier, and as well as making sure the trains run on time and offer a first-class service, they have to ensure the network is constantly maintained and updated. The network not only transports passengers but it helps the businesses of Britain to grow and to transport their goods.
Network Rail might be a national operation, and the nine routes across Britain are crucial to keeping Britain moving. But the network company could not succeed without stakeholders and regional transport operators. By thinking locally as well as nationally better decisions can be made on behalf of passengers.
A good rail network has to be constantly maintained and updated so that the rolling stock can continue to keep on rolling. This means that Network Rail has thousands of contractors and engineers who work 24/7 helping to repair, maintain, and operate the rail network.
This work includes the maintenance of the actual tracks, tunnels, stations, bridges, and crossings. This army in orange have all the sophisticated equipment needed for such a myriad of varied jobs and tasks, and a constant training program of the maintenance workers keeps the skill levels high.
Future-proofing the Network
As in any country, the rail network is a vital artery that keeps the nation moving. And passenger number will always increase. So any rail network has to grow appropriately in response to the ever increasing strain of increased passenger and freight numbers.
This is called futureproofing, to think ahead of what may be required of the network and try to put an infrastructure in place to handle whatever comes around the bend. To do this Network Rail has to develop and understand new technologies and employ industry innovations.
The aim should be to make the network run faster, smoother, and above all safer. Britain’s rail network is still the fastest growing in Europe and has a reputation for being one of the most reliable and safest.
Over the last two decades the numbers of passengers traveling on the rail network in Britain has doubled and there looks as though there will be no let up in demand in the foreseeable future. And it is not just passengers that have been on the increase, freight has also increased by over seventy percent in the same period.
The Capacity Challenge
Network Rail has to cope with 1.7 billion passenger journeys each and every year, and each day over twenty thousand trains run on the congested network. In fact, the rail network is more or less in constant use twenty-four hours a day, as most freight is transported at night.
The way Network Rail handles all this is by working closely with freight and passenger train companies to evaluate how to best use the network for the transportation of both passengers and freight. And then a workable timetable can be drawn up and published for the public domain. Network Rail does an amazing job keeping Britain’s passengers and freight moving day and night, and the constant maintenance and upgrade of the network allows a smooth and efficient service.