Analysis aims to make available the results of the extensive research which backs up the articles in Informed Sources. There are two sections.
Graphics is intended to complement and extend the Archive. Not all Informed Sources pages in the archive will include the charts referred to in the text. Where a graph is missing, it is worth looking through the Graphics Section, which is arranged by topic.
In addition to material published in Informed Sources, Graphics also contains charts which have been produced for Roger Ford 's feature articles and presentations at seminars, conferences and to meetings of professional bodies, such as the engineering institutions.
Please feel free to use any of these charts, although an acknowledgement would be appreciated. New material is being added to this section all the time. If you are following a specialist subject, let me know (email@example.com) and if I have anything relevant in the system I will give it priority in the next upload to Graphics.
Data Central, as the title suggests, makes selected spreadsheets available. As a taster, try the latest Version of my unique timetable for the current Periodic Review (PR2008). This was first published in December 2005 when the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) formally launched the Review which will determine the future of the rail network.
Throughout 2006 it has been revised as new work streams were added to the review. But in September 2006 it received a major boost when a copy was sent to the ORR Press Office for information. Its usefulness was such that ORR expanded and updated the Programme for their own use. This enhanced official version (the seventh update so far) is available for consultation and download in Data Central. Even better, ORR has promised to add updates, supplementing my own routine revisions.
If you need to understand the Periodic Review, which will determine the Railways' funding from 2009, this timetable should be in your favourites folder. ORR
When time permits I hope to provide a subscription service which, for a modest annual fee, will make available the accumulated information and analysis contained in the many spreadsheets which underpin my work for Modern Railways and Rail Business Intelligence. But that is an aspiration not a promise given the hectic pace of developments on the railway.