NR devolves signalling and track projects to regions

Network Rail’s new geographic regions are now accountable for the delivery of all capital projects within their borders, including track and signalling. 

Introduced on November 11, this second phase of NR’s devolution process sees more teams transfer to the regions, to NR’s new Network Services division as well to the Route Services and the chief financial officer (CFO) directorate. 


Network Services manages six key areas of the railway, including national operations, security, telecoms, freight, national performance, and passenger information during disruption. 


Andrew Haines, NR chief executive, said: “Today sees the shifting of more responsibilities and accountabilities to our devolved routes and regions so that they are better able to respond to local needs and demands.”


Five new regional capital delivery directors now report to the regional managing directors. They are Rob Cairns (Eastern), Eoin O’Neill (North West & Central), Kris Kinnear (Scotland), Tim Coucher (Southern – interim) and Stuart Calvert (Wales & Western).  

Northern Programmes, a capital projects project in the north of England, spans Network Rail’s Eastern and North West and Central regions under the leadership of Chris Montgomery, major programmes director.

Network Rail’s new regions are now accountable for the delivery of major capital projects, including signalling and track. Over the weekend of November 2-3, resignalling work was completed around Edge Hill in Liverpool, including signalling gantry work in the deep cutting between Edge Hill and Liverpool Lime Street. NETWORK RAIL

Accountability for commercial policy, standards and assurance moves to Route Services, which now manages all supply chain operations, contracts and procurement and other services on behalf of Network Rail regions and routes.



NR has been reorganised into five regions since June 24, enabling decision making and responsibility to be devolved away from London to smaller, and more nimble organisations.

In September, these were further sub-divided into 14 routes with day-to day responsibility for delivering a safe and reliable railway.


Phase three is planned for summer 2020, with more teams set to transfer into the new structure .

The reorganisation is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

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