‘One Rail­way’

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Paul Stephen As­sis­tant Fea­tures Ed­i­tor paul.stephen@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @paul_rail

Rail De­liv­ery Group launches in­dus­try part­ner­ship that will lead to £85 bil­lion worth of eco­nomic growth in UK.

A sin­gle uni­fied plan for Bri­tain’s rail­ways that prom­ises to de­liver up to £85 bil­lion worth of eco­nomic ben­e­fits has been launched by the Rail De­liv­ery Group (RDG). Ti­tled ‘ In Part­ner­ship for Bri­tain’s

Pros­per­ity’, the plan makes four com­mit­ments from in­dus­try to drive fur­ther im­prove­ment in the rail­way and de­liver sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic growth.

The plan com­mits RDG mem­bers – which in­clude Net­work Rail, train and freight op­er­a­tors - to; cre­at­ing more jobs and in­creas­ing di­ver­sity, boost­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through lo­calised in­vest­ment and de­ci­sion-mak­ing, in­creas­ing cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, and strength­en­ing the rail­way’s eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion by main­tain­ing in­vest­ment and fo­cus­ing on ef­fi­ciency.

These pledges will be ac­com­pa­nied by the de­liv­ery of £50bn worth of pub­lic and pri­vate in­vest­ment, which the plan says will yield 100,000 new jobs in the rail sec­tor and sup­ply chain, and £85bn of wider eco­nomic growth from pro­vid­ing bet­ter con­nec­tions to hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This is in ad­di­tion to the £31bn of eco­nomic ben­e­fits the rail net­work is es­ti­mated to de­liver cur­rently each year.

Speak­ing at the launch of the plan at St Pancras In­ter­na­tional on

Oc­to­ber 30, RDG Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Paul Plum­mer said the plan was fully backed by all train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies and NR, rail freight com­pa­nies and the sup­ply chain.

“The rail­way runs on part­ner­ship, the best of both worlds, not op­po­sites, and tax­pay­ers’ and in­vestors’ money com­bin­ing to de­liver large ben­e­fits for the UK econ­omy.

“To­day is a land­mark com­ing- to­gether. This plan, de­liv­ered by a chang­ing part­ner­ship rail­way, will se­cure the eco­nomic ben­e­fits from cur­rent in­vest­ment by the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, and en­able fur­ther im­prove­ment and in­vest­ment.

“That’s why to­day, we are mak­ing four com­mit­ments for change to safe­guard our eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion whilst de­liv­er­ing the best deal for tax­pay­ers, to im­prove ser­vices for cus­tomers, bet­ter con­nect lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and se­cure more jobs in rail. This plan will de­liver the rail­way that the econ­omy, cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties need as Bri­tain pre­pares to leave the EU.

“Work­ing to­gether as one rail­way, de­liv­er­ing one vi­tal pub­lic ser­vice, in a mil­lion-and-one lo­cal ways. This is a once-in-agen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity. This is our plan for a real Part­ner­ship for Bri­tain’s Pros­per­ity.”

Mark Carne, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Net­work Rail, added: “Over the next 18 months, pas­sen­gers and com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try will see a trans­for­ma­tion in the ser­vices that they re­ceive. Thou­sands of new trains will be in­tro­duced as the cul­mi­na­tion of years of heavy in­vest­ment in im­prov­ing our rail­way comes to fruition, stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy by de­liv­er­ing new job and hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Net­work Rail’s trans­for­ma­tion is bring­ing track and train more closely to­gether for the ben­e­fit of pas­sen­gers. This plan will ac­cel­er­ate change and de­liver fur­ther in­vest­ment and im­prove­ments, bring­ing more im­prove­ments for pas­sen­gers, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses across Bri­tain now and in the long term.”

Both the Rail Sup­ply Group (RSG) and the Rail­way In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (RIA) backed the move, with RIA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Ca­plan urg­ing ‘ev­ery­one in rail to get be­hind this plan’ and Gor­don Wake­ford, In­dus­try Chair of the RSG adding that the sup­ply chain is ‘com­mit­ting and in­no­vat­ing and in­vest­ing’ to sup­port de­liv­ery of the plan.

RDG mem­bers have been asked to demon­strate what these com­mit­ments mean to pas­sen­gers lo­cally, while a progress re­port will be pub­lished an­nu­ally.


A sin­gle, uni­fied plan de­signed to de­liver £85 bil­lion to the UK econ­omy has been un­veiled by the Rail De­liv­ery Group. Vir­gin Trains Class 390s and Cross­Coun­try ‘220s’ wait at Manch­ester Pic­cadilly.

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