Increased Transparency From Network Rail
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UK rail infrastructure body, Network Rail, has released new and more current information on its online transparency portal.
Following findings of poor management and budgeting from the previous administration in Sir Peter Hendy’s review released last week, Network Rail has made transparency a key issue as part of its five year plan, increasing accountability to taxpayers and politicians, as well as passengers.
Mark Farrow, head of transparency for Network Rail, said:
Were continuing to publish more information as part of our commitment to being more open and transparent. Our aim is to make it easier for people to understand what we do, how we do it and why.
We know that being more transparent will help us improve public understanding of our role in the rail industry, the challenges we face and what were doing to meet them. We want to get more people engaged in our work so that they understand us better and can help us improve.
We recognise that there is always more to be done, so we are committed to making transparency part of everything we do at Network Rail.
New Categories of Information Released
The new categories of information released include:
- Pay bands for senior grades of Network Rail employees
- Equal opportunities data from the recruitment process
- A descriptive segment regarding compensation paid to operators in the event that Network Rail works disrupt commercial services, and the size of the payouts
- A transparency publication schedule
- Station staff assault and incident statistics
- A breakdown of duration of employment across the Network Rail workforce
- Examples of level crossing risk assessments
- An explanation of the network
A further 28 existing categories have been refreshed with new data.