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The official Office of Rail and Road podcast brings together a series of conversations to discuss issues impacting all aspects of Britain's railways and England's road network. Twitter: @railandroad. Email: podcast@orr.gov.uk. Website: www.orr.gov.uk

The official Office of Rail and Road podcast brings together a series of conversations to discuss issues impacting all aspects of Britain's railways and England's road network. Twitter: @railandroad. Email: podcast@orr.gov.uk. Website: www.orr.gov.uk

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United Kingdom

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The official Office of Rail and Road podcast brings together a series of conversations to discuss issues impacting all aspects of Britain's railways and England's road network. Twitter: @railandroad. Email: podcast@orr.gov.uk. Website: www.orr.gov.uk

Twitter:

@railandroad

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 12: Women in transport and challenging gender bias

3/11/2022
The topic of conversation this month ties in with International Women's Day on 8 March, the day which celebrates women's achievement and raises awareness against gender bias. Our topic for discussion is women in transport, specifically how both the rail and road industries are changing to improve their culture to be more inclusive, flexible, and open and encourage more women into roles within the industry. Hosted by Sneha Patel, Deputy Director of Highways at the Office of Rail and Road....

Duration:00:45:07

Ep 11: Improving performance on England's road network

2/24/2022
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent monitor of National Highways' performance and efficiency. This role was established in 2015 as part of the Government's road reform package. Since then, ORR has been holding National Highways (formerly Highways England) to account for the management of the strategic road network - the major motorways and major A roads in England. In this episode, we hold conversations with the Chief Executive of ORR, those that lead the company's...

Duration:00:15:56

Ep 10: Behind Britain's rail stats

12/23/2021
You Tuber, Geoff Marshall takes over the reins as guest host to discuss all things railway stats. Geoff's joined by guests from the Office of Rail and Road and the Office for Statistics Regulation to learn more about some of the statistics that the Office of Rail and Road produces. Geoff delves deep into why railway statistics are published by the Office of Rail and Road, how they are used, why they're regulated and talk through some of the findings from the past year. The Office of Rail...

Duration:00:31:05

Ep 09: How the rail industry is delivering disability awareness and equality training

12/3/2021
On our 9th episode, we’re taking another look at accessibility on Britain's railway. We're discussing disability awareness and equality training that forms an integral part of the requirements set out in the Office of Rail and Road’s Accessible Travel Policy Guidance. In this year alone, tens of thousands of railway staff have undertaken the training that is designed to help with understanding disabled people’s needs, allowing staff to communicate more effectively with disabled passengers,...

Duration:00:20:48

Ep 08: Collaborating with heritage railways to promote safety

10/13/2021
On this, the second episode focusing on heritage railways, the Rail and Road Pod visits Aln Valley Railway in Northumberland to continue the discussion on how ORR and the heritage sector are collaborating to maximise safety. Once again, host Kenny Walker, is joined in conversation by Ian Skinner, Office of Rail and Road’s Head of Non-Mainline and lead for Heritage Railway safety; Steve Oates, chief executive of the Heritage Railway Association; and Michael Proctor, chairman of Aln Valley...

Duration:00:27:34

Ep 07: Assessing Network Rail's performance

8/27/2021
In this episode, the Rail and Road Pod looks at how the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) holds Network Rail to account for its performance and efficiency. The podcast takes an in-depth look at some of the key findings from the rail regulator's recently published Annual Assessment of Network Rail. Three of ORR’s Senior Regulation Managers join the Pod to talk about what went well in each of Network Rail's regions as well as discussing some areas where improvement is needed. For more...

Duration:00:18:53

Ep 06: Inside Rail Live

7/2/2021
In this episode, the Rail and Road Pod visits the Rail Live exhibition at the ‎Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Warwickshire. The event, over two days, brings the entire rail industry together in a real railway environment. Over the two days, we spoke to Rail Live's Managing Editor, Nigel Harris, who discussed planning for the 2021 event and also with a number of rail industry professionals on topics such as electrification, track worker safety and the role of the rail regulator in a...

Duration:00:20:57

Ep 05: Reopening heritage railways safely

4/30/2021
In this, the first of a two-part episode, the Rail and Road Pod hears about how heritage railways are safely returning for passengers and how one particular railway has delivered improvements over the last year. To discuss, the Pod is joined by Ian Skinner, Office of Rail and Road’s Head of Non-Mainline and lead for Heritage Railway safety; Steve Oates, chief executive of the Heritage Railway Association; and Michael Proctor, chairman of Aln Valley Railway in Northumberland. Across...

Duration:00:25:27

Ep 04: Monitoring England's roads

3/16/2021
Highways England maintains, renews, operates and improves the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England. The Office of Rail and Road is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England, and holds the company to account for its management of the strategic road network. In this episode of the Rail and Road Pod, we find out more about how Highways England are monitored and how that delivers benefits to road users. We're...

Duration:00:18:30

Ep 03: Access and capacity on Britain's railway

2/4/2021
The official Office of Rail and Road podcast brings together a series of conversations to discuss issues impacting all aspects of Britain's railways and England's road network. On this episode ORR’s Deputy Director for Access and International, Martin Jones and Head of Access and Licensing, Gareth Clancy, discuss how decisions are made about what fits where on Britain’s railway; the balancing act between passenger and freight services and what happens when disagreements arise. Contact us...

Duration:00:22:38

Ep 02: Brew Monday, mental health and the railway

1/18/2021
On this episode of the Rail and Road Pod we're discussing the important issue of mental health and finding out more about the rail industry's long standing partnership with the Samaritans. Host, Kenny Walker, is joined by Jason Alexandre, a trainer with the Samaritans gives his insight into Brew Monday’s events and some of the work they're currently involved in. We’re also joined by Ian Prosser, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Railways at the Office of Rail and Road, to discuss the rail...

Duration:00:19:27

Ep 01: Accessible travel

12/15/2020
Scope’s Executive Director, James Taylor and the Office of Rail and Road’s Deputy Director of Consumers, Stephanie Tobyn join the Rail and Road podcast for the very first episode. James and Stephanie discuss accessibility on the railways, the issues people face and the work being done to help people travel with confidence. Music from Bensound.com

Duration:00:22:19