Comment on the Strategic Vision for Rail

Commenting today on the Transport Secretary’s Strategic Vision for Rail, Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the rail industry said:

“The rail industry came together in October to set out our vision for a strong partnership railway, combining the best of the private and public sectors to deliver our long term plan to change, improve and secure prosperity for Britain. We are pleased the Government has set out in its strategy a sensible evolution of the partnership railway.

"For rail to secure prosperity for Britain in the years ahead, it must change and improve. This is why train and freight companies, Network Rail and the industry's supply chain have publicly committed to strengthen the economy, improve services for customers, boost the communities we serve and create more jobs.

"It's right customers and communities are at the heart of the partnership railway. Developing different types of alliances between those running trains and those responsible for the tracks and signalling will allow us to run more services and operate them more punctually. Introducing greater competition by creating smaller franchises will ensure customers and the communities we serve are even more the focus of what we do."

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