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About the Office of Rail Regulation

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways.

ORR Board

The ORR is led by a Board appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Corporate structure

Our executive directors and their responsibilities.

Annual reports

Details of our current and historic annual reports.

Strategy and policy

Details of our strategy and plans as set out in our corporate strategy and business plan.

Functions and duties

How we operate as independent rail regulator.


As independent regulator we operate within the framework set by UK and EU legislation and are accountable through Parliament and the courts.

Working at ORR

If you're interested in working with us, use this section to find out more about how we look after our staff and check if we have any vacancies.

Supplying ORR

The ORR procurement unit is responsible for purchasing the goods and services necessary for ORR to perform our role as the safety and economic regulator of the rail industry.

In order to improve efficiency both for ORR and suppliers we have introduced an online e-Tendering system. The system allows us to publish notices, pre-qualification questionnaires and invitations to tender online, and allows potential suppliers to submit any queries and their responses electronically.

ORR's transparency programme

We have established a transparency programme to drive our ambitious vision for the industry, and govern a number of projects to support our aims and objectives.

Data transparency

Details provided as part of the Government's commitment to transparency.

Advisory panels

ORR’s advisory panel helps to develop and test our thinking on issues of policy and practice.

Contact us

If you need to contact someone in ORR.

ORR history

A brief history of rail regulation since the railways were privatised in 1994.

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