Network Rail – Southern region announcement

I am writing to update you on changes to Network Rail that will help us provide a better service to passengers and freight users in London.

From today, our five new Network Rail regions – Southern, Eastern, North West & Central, Wales & Western and Scotland’s Railway – take responsibility for the operation, maintenance, renewal and enhancement of our railway. Fourteen routes are being set up within those regions.

I am pleased to inform you I am leading the Southern region as the Managing Director, with overall responsibility for London’s rail. The routes falling under my responsibility are:

  • Wessex, aligned with SWR
  • Sussex, aligned with GTR
  • Kent, aligned with Southeastern
  • Network Rail High Speed (NRHS)

NRHS is a subsidiary of Network Rail, and a limited company in its own right.

With more than 5,800 employees, the Southern region is responsible for more than 700 million passenger journeys each year. Over the next five years the region will invest £6.3 billion to operate, maintain and renew the railway. Over 7,000 passenger and freight services operate on the region every week day – more than a third of Britain’s rail services. We move over 266,000 tonnes of freight each week and own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4,986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7,990 signals.

The changes to Network Rail followed a significant listening programme where we engaged with our people, stakeholders, trade unions, customers and the travelling public. We heard Network Rail had lost focus on passengers and freight users.

The changes are designed to address these problems, by bringing us closer to our train and freight operating companies and the communities we serve.

I’m committed to delivering a safer, more reliable railway and making it easier for businesses and stakeholders to work with us.

John Halsall
Managing Director – Southern region


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