Williams Rail Review (2018- )
We welcome the Williams Rail Review, set up by government in September 2018.
The review was established to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the delivery of the government’s vision for the railway. Led by independent chair Keith Williams, the Rail Review’s recommendations will be implemented from 2020.
We believe all voices must be heard in the review, whether trade unions, passenger groups, businesses, politicians, think-tanks or passengers themselves. And all options must be on the table, from the status quo and renationalisation to different models used across the world.
We have set out six principles for the review which we believe should shape that national conversation:
- Customers at the heart: a reformed railway which unlocks a new generation of innovation and investment and, where it makes sense, choice for customers.
- Clear accountability: building a structure for the railway that creates confidence in its leadership, making it clear where the buck stops when things go wrong.
- Delivering value-for-money: avoiding a return to the days when running costs were deep in the red, lines were closed and stations were boarded up.
- Driving economic growth: incentivising investment for the long-term, expanding the network and growing and re-balancing Britain’s economy.
- Strengthening communities: ensuring towns and cities across the country get the maximum benefit from a vibrant, growing railway which is more responsive to, and designed around, the needs and aspirations of the areas it serves.
- Inspiring our people: enabling people who work in rail to have long, fulfilling careers, equipped with the skills to respond to future needs and sharing in the railway’s success.
- Williams Rail Review (government website)
- Rail review requires big conversation to develop ‘Britain’s proposals’ for reform (14 November 2018)
- Paul Plummer's speech at Accelerate: Rail conference (14 November 2018)