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About the rail industry

This section explains the companies and organisations involved in the rail industry.

We regulate the industry in accordance with UK and European legislation.

Rail infrastructure

This section provides information about the different sectors of the rail industry and how we regulate them.

Legislative framework

Our work as a regulator is shaped by UK and European legislation.


This section explains the main public bodies involved in the rail industry in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Safety bodies    

We are not the only body involved in health and safety on the railway.

Industry companies

The rail industry is comprised of a number of types of companies:

Useful links

ORR provides this list of links as a service to our website users. Inclusion in this list does not imply the endorsement of any organisation.