Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

Visiting address

Kemble Street 1



Postal address

Kemble Street 1

London , WC2B 4AN

United Kingdom


Tel +44 20 7282 2057

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Who we are

As an independent regulator, ORR operates within the framework set by UK and EU legislation and is accountable through Parliament and the courts. We are an independent statutory body, with powers vested by Parliament in our board. The ORR board consists of ten members: six non-executives (including a non-executive chair) and three executive directors. All members of the board are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, for a fixed term of up to five years.

ORR is a non-ministerial government department with around 280 staff and a budget of about £30m each year. We are funded by the rail industry for our Rail Regulation role and our Highways Monitor function is funded by the Department for Transport. Our staff work from six offices across Britain, giving us the flexibility and coverage we need to perform our functions efficiently. Many of our people work away from the office, for example by conducting on-site inspections across the rail network.

What we do

We regulate the rail industry's health and safety performance, we hold Network Rail and High Speed 1 (HS1) to account and we make sure that the rail industry is competitive and fair. From 1 April 2015 we are also the independent monitor of Highways England.

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