Part 2: Projects, decisions, and future challenges with ORR

Part 2: Projects, Decisions, and Future Challenges with ORR - Steer podcast



PodcastDuration 31m

In this special two-part episode of ‘Voices of the Industry’, we are joined by John Larkinson, the CEO of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

In Part one, we investigated the ORR's crucial role in monitoring and regulating Britain's strategic road and rail infrastructure and explored how it navigates current challenges.

In Part two of our conversation with John, we dive into specific projects, decisions, and future challenges that are shaping the rail industry.

We explore how key decisions, such as the future of the HS2 project, impact rail infrastructure. John shares valuable insights into the challenges and considerations behind such significant projects, providing listeners with a deeper understanding of the rail development landscape.

Missed part one? Catch up now - ‘Part 1: Challenges and dynamics of rail regulation with the ORR’.

Listen to part two


Key takeaways:

  • Major rail projects, including HS2, unravelling the considerations, challenges, and decisions that shape significant rail infrastructure initiatives.
  • Perspectives on key decisions influencing the trajectory of rail development.
  • Upcoming challenges in the rail sector and understand the ORR's role in addressing these hurdles and opportunities, ensuring the resilience and sustainability of rail infrastructure.


  • John Larkinson, a seasoned leader in the rail industry, John took the helm at the Office of Rail and Road in 2021, drawing on over 20 years of experience. From pioneering network regulation to safeguarding consumer interests, his expertise fuels ORR's mission to champion rail and road users. Whether ensuring fair access, holding Network Rail accountable, or analysing industry finances, John's passion for transportation shines through, driving efficient performance and safety across the rails and roads.


Related topics: RailPolicy, strategy & regulation, SustainabilityTechnology and digitalUrban transport.


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