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Network Rail hit for £2.4M for Portsmouth signalling problems

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has confirmed its penalty of £2.4M on Network Rail for the weaknesses in the planning and execution of the Portsmouth resignalling scheme.

ORR announced on 30 July that it intended to impose a penalty of £2.4M for Network Rail's breach of its network licence in failing adequately to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with the Portsmouth resignalling project, and to manage its contractor in line with best practice. Network Rail made representations on the penalty, but ORR has concluded that it had already taken account of Network Rail's arguments in arriving at its initial decision.

ORR Chief Executive, Bill Emery said: "A penalty of £2.4M is proportionate and reinforces the need for Network Rail to ensure that its planning, particularly its risk assessment, is fit for purpose and reflects the impact on passengers and train operators. I have written to Network Rail on the critical risk assessment issue."

The penalty must be paid to the Department for Transport.

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