07/14/2010 AT 07:47
The company will re-brand Spacia, its 7,000 unit strong commercial lettings portfolio to Network Rail Property and is offering flexible leases and rates to support small and medium sized enterprise throughout Great Britain.
For the first time, businesses will also be able to find out what opportunities are available and access advice and support from Network Rail by going to a dedicated website and helpline. Network Rail is one of the country's biggest land owners, and this means businesses can now access information on everything from the leasing of railway arches and retail units at some of the country's largest stations, to joint-development opportunities nationwide.
Maximising the value of Network Rail property portfolio also allows the company to re-invest in the railway, bringing better services for passengers.
Director of property David Biggs commented: “We already work with thousands of companies across Britain – from major retailers and some of Britain's biggest property developers, to the leisure industry and a whole range of small to medium business enterprises. Our stations are some of the busiest retail destinations in the country, and we have prime sites for development across our national network as well as commercial space to rent in the heart of our biggest towns and cities.
"By innovating and creating tailor-made solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes, you can now come to Network Rail for everything from simple leasehold, or a multi-million pound joint-venture partnership. In creating a new easy to use website it will make it easier and more efficient for anyone wanting to do business with Network Rail in the future.”
More than 200 apprentices have started work for real at railway depots across Britain after completing their first year at Europe's largest engineering training facility at HMS Sultan in Hampshire.
The number of trains arriving on time hit a new record high for May with almost 94% of trains across the country arriving punctually.
Passengers have enjoyed the best train punctuality ever recorded¹ on Britain's railways as 91.5% of train services arrived on time over the past year (1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010). The highest since records began almost 20 years ago (1992).
Plans to develop one of the most sustainable office buildings in the country were given the go-ahead as Network Rail's new national centre received the stamp of approval from Milton Keynes' planning authority.
Virgin passengers have given a big thumbs up to the trains, staff and value for money for price of ticket, but they have made clear they desperately want to see the same standards at stations. These details are contained in the latest National Passenger Survey from rail watchdog Passenger Focus.
Train punctuality and reliability over the autumn hit record levels this year with delays caused by infamous, 'leaves on the line', cut by 40%.
Passengers have flocked to Virgin Trains in record numbers in the first full year of the Virgin High Frequency (VHF) service. Under VHF, launched on 14 December 2008, Virgin Trains has carried 25.4 million customers, attracted by the 30 percent step-up in train frequency and faster journey times.
Iain Coucher, chief executive said: “The interim results for the half year to 30 September 2009 show good financial performance. Revenue figures are in line with regulatory targets for the current funding period (2009-14).
Great Britain's rail infrastructure operator, Network Rail, today announces changes in the way it is run, enhancing transparency and accountability. This follows a 16-month-long review of governance conducted by its members.
The first month of the difficult autumnal period has seen record performance for Britain's trains as Network Rail today released the latest train performance results which saw 90.2% of trains arriving on time.