Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49 - Land transport and transport via pipelines

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2003
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2006


Network Rail is a not-for-profit company that took over Railtrack in 2002. As part of a slash costs plan, 2,000 jobs will be shed by the end of 2006. On 14 November 2003, 603 managers (15% of the managerial team) have been sacked in a quick-fire 24-hour cull. After complaints from unions, the Railway Inspectorate has expressed concerns about the safety assessment of the redundancies, in particular the departure of 60 staff in safety-critical roles. Network Rail announced in August 2004 a further 890 redundancies as a part of the restructuring. The job losses came about as the company dismantled its regional structure and took the day-to-day upkeep of tracks and stations in-house.


  • 11 August 2004: The Guardian
  • 31 January 2004: The Guardian
  • 14 November 2003: The Guardian
  • 30 June 2003: The Guardian


Eurofound (2003), Network Rail, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 59619, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59619.