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  • Regulatory bodies

  • Freight containers being transported by rail

    Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

    The ORR has a very significant role to play in the rail industry including:

    • Overseeing safety
    • Ensuring free and fair competition
    • Approval of certain licenses and contracts
    • Determining funding and efficiency targets for Network Rail

    These responsibilities reflect the ORR’s formal statutory duties but the ORR is also keen to work closely with the industry to help it succeed and can be consulted for friendly and informal advice on freight matters.

    Government departments in England, Scotland and Wales

    The Department for Transport (in England), Transport Scotland and the Welsh Assembly Government set public policy for the rail industry which includes funding of Network Rail, investment in rail enhancements and management of freight grants.