This section contains details of the governance structure of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)
Rail Delivery Group Board
The RDG Board is the overarching governance body for all activities carried out by the organisation.
It brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2 to provide oversight of all activities delivered by the organisation on behalf of its members. It provides governance in relation to the voice for the railway as a whole and also for the railway as a whole but also for passenger and/or freight operators separately where necessary.
Schemes and Service Board
The Schemes and Service Board (SSB) bridges the gap between the RDG vision for the industry and how that vision is delivered by the industry. It has been formed to provide strategic direction, line of sight, ensure alignment, and the joining up of activities for the groups under its supervision. It also provides a point of escalation where there are competing priorities and, if needed, can provide direction to its subcommittees.
Under the Schemes and Services Board are 'subcommittees’. These are generally made up of representatives from member organisations (i.e. train operators, owning groups, freight operators, Network Rail, Board members). In some cases, the groups may include representation from non-member organisations where there is value in having the expertise of certain external bodies represented on them. There are 8 senior subcommittees that directly report to SSB. These senior subcommittees play a crucial role in supporting and delivering various schemes and services. Additionally, there are several subcommittees that operate under these senior subcommittees.
Find out more about the subcommittees on the Schemes and Service Board page.
This group meets regularly and focuses on the outputs of the organisation and the contribution to the wider industry.
The RDG membership comprises the passenger train operators and their owning groups, freight operators and Network Rail.
- Our member organisations
- Licensed and Associate members
- The different levels of RDG membership, the criteria for joining and the benefits
- More about the wider UK rail industry
From our offices, we provide strategic and tactical services for the whole rail industry including:
- a central clearing house for the train operators, enabling passengers to buy tickets to travel on any part of the rail network from any station, through the Rail Settlement Plan;
- a customer experience operation, covering the National Rail Enquiries service and commercial activities, such as railcards and licensing of third party retailers;
- the rail staff travel service, providing eligible staff in the industry with some level of concessionary travel;
- a planning, engineering and operations team, that supports members in delivering a safe, punctual and economic railway;
- a communications function, managing media and public affairs matters.