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The Hendy report – two versions in one day

 

Incorrect version of Network Rail chair’s report uploaded by mistake

As our Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford reports in his ‘Informed Sources’ column in our January issue, quite by accident he downloaded an incorrect version of Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy’s report on the replanning of NR’s Investment Programme, which was released on 25 November 2015.

On receiving the e-mail to say that the report had been published, Roger clicked on the link to download the document, only to find that it was broken. So he went to the Network Rail website and downloaded the report from there and studied it ahead of a conference call with Sir Peter the following morning.

The fact that he had downloaded an incorrect report came to light during the call, when Roger queried the fact that the report showed that completion of electrification from Didcot to Oxford had been deferred to Control Period 6 (2019-24). Sir Peter replied that the whole Great Western electrification programme would be completed in Control Period 5 (by 2019), and after a short period of confusion chuckled ‘You must have a different version to the one I’ve got’. Upon further inspection of the Network Rail website, it turned out that Roger did, with Didcot to Oxford shown as being completed during CP5 in the ‘correct’ version. The earlier version had been posted on the Network Rail website for about 15 minutes during the afternoon of 25 November, and Roger was not the only person to have downloaded the incorrect version.

Here we present the two versions of the document – the first (incorrect) version was created at 08.07 on 25 November, while the ‘official’ report was timed at 15.13 on the same day. In the first version, Roger has highlighted the relevant details regarding the Great Western in the table on page 38, but notes that there are other differences between the two versions.

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