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Network Rail Control Periods are the 5-year timespans into which Network Rail, the owner and operator of most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain, works for financial and other planning purposes. Each Control Period begins on 1 April and ends on 31 March to coincide with the financial year. These periods were inherited from Railtrack, so that the earlier ones are retrospective, and not necessarily of 5 years duration.
As Network Rail is responsible for developing and maintaining railway infrastructure, the Control Periods are used to decide priorities for investment. Infrastructure developments have taken place or are planned as follows:
- 1 Control Period 1 (CP1): 1996–2001
- 2 Control Period 2 (CP2): 2001–2004
- 3 Control Period 3 (CP3): 2004–2009
- 4 Control Period 4 (CP4): 2009–2014
- 5 Control Period 5 (CP5): 2014–2019
- 6 Control Period 6 (CP6): 2019–2024
- 7 Control Period 7 (CP7): 2024–2029
- 8 Control Period 8 (CP8): 2029–2034
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Control Period 1 (CP1): 1996–2001
Control Period 2 (CP2): 2001–2004
Control Period 3 (CP3): 2004–2009
CP3 included the following work:
- Additional express services from Edinburgh to Aberdeen
- Improved interchange at Gourock
Control Period 4 (CP4): 2009–2014
CP4 included the following work as part of the Enhancements Programme:
- Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link
- Electrification of the Liverpool to Manchester northern route
- Electrification of the Liverpool to Wigan Line between Huyton Junction and Wigan North Western
- Electrification of the Manchester to Preston Line (via Bolton) and the Blackpool Branch Lines between Preston and Blackpool North. As a spin off the branch line between Bolton and Wigan North Western is also due to be electrified
- Electrification of the Windermere Branch Line
- Redevelopment of Edinburgh Waverley station
- Redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station (Gateway Plus)
- Redevelopment of King's Cross station
- Redevelopment of Reading station
- The Thameslink Programme
Control Period 5 (CP5): 2014–2019
- London Bridge station redevelopment
- Completion of Borders Railway
- East West Rail from Oxford to Bedford or Milton Keynes Central via Bletchley [this plan was first deferred to CP6 and, in December 2017, transferred to a private sector company to build and operate].
- Electrification from London Paddington to Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford and Newbury
- Electrification from Bedford to Kettering and Corby
- Electrification of Transpennine line from Manchester to Leeds
- Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line
- Electrification of Leeds - York and Selby lines
- Electrification and station redevelopment Bromsgrove railway station
- Reading, Ascot to Waterloo 10-car platform lengthening.
- The Streatham Resignalling Project (As a part of the Victoria Phase II Project)
- The Sutton-Wimbledon Project (As a part of the Victoria Phase II Project)
CP5 is running over budget and some projects are to be delayed. In July 2015, Sir Peter Hendy was appointed Chairman of Network Rail "and asked by the Secretary of State to conduct a thorough review of the enhancement programme in England & Wales to see what can be delivered in an affordable and timely way within the funding period to 2019". (Table 37 of the report lists the revised work programme for CP5). Additionally, Dame Colette Bowe will investigate how future investment programmes could be implemented better.
Control Period 6 (CP6): 2019–2024
In October 2017, a Statement of Funds Available report was published which announced that £48 billion would be allocated for CP6. In October 2018, the Office of Rail Regulation approved of the spending plans which include spending £7.7bn on spending of maintaining the existing railway and £16.6bn for renewing the railways .
In February 2018, Network Rail announced its strategic business plan for CP6; the plan will prioritize performance and reliability improvements over major new schemes.
Control Period 7 (CP7): 2024–2029
No plans for the Control Period 7 have yet[when?] been made.
Control Period 8 (CP8): 2029–2034
No plans for the Control Period 8 have yet[when?] been made.
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- High Level Output Specification for Control Period 6 published Railway Gazette, 20 July 17
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