Awards, contracts & appointments

06.12.18

Cheaper digital signalling, more exports and better data-sharing: DfT launches the Rail Sector Deal

The government has today announced the new Rail Sector Deal in order to help the government work better with the rail industry, reduce the cost of infrastructure, encourage greater use of digital technologies, and double the UK’s rail industry exports by 2025.

The DfT has called the new deal a key milestone in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which will help increase the exchange of ideas between the rail industry and other sectors, predict problems on the network and solve them.

Improved engagement between industry and government will result in a supply chain that better understands future demand, the DfT argued.

The industrial strategy minister, Richard Harrington, told RTM that the Rail Sector Deal focuses on achieving transformational deals with the industry away from London, and declared that the DfT “won’t deal with industry” unless it speaks with one voice – which he claims already tends to be the case.

Announcing the launch of the deal, rail minister Andrew Jones said: “Since their invention nearly two centuries ago, the railways have brought people across the country closer together and helped to drive our industries.

“The Rail Sector Deal will help us go even further, enabling the industry to harness new digital technologies to improve the experience of passengers and create well-paid, highly-skilled jobs.”

Overall, the deal’s key goals are:

  • Significantly reduce digital signalling costs by 2025;
  • Double rail exports by 2025;
  • Help government work better with industry and strengthen its relationship with the supply chain to boost confidence in the pipeline of work;
  • Support apprenticeships and increase awareness amongst children of the opportunities in the field;
  • Establish a data-sharing platform to support innovation.

The DfT explained that the deal will help the industry reduce the cost of building the railway, support the sector to increase its exports, attract small businesses to the market, and encourage young people to join the rail workforce.

In the foreword to the report, transport secretary Chris Grayling said the private sector will have a key role to play in making the deal happen, and promised that it will help deliver on the aims of the upcoming rail review recommendations.

The industry reacts

Anna Delvecchio, the commercial account director at Amey and RSG sector deal co-lead, commented: “Developing the deal has been an example of cross-industry and government collaboration at its best.

“It sets out a well-defined strategy to provide greater improvement to customers, using digital technologies and data as a catalyst to increase productivity and drive innovation.”

Her colleague Philip Hoare, who is also CEO of Atkins UK & Europe, added that the deal offers a great opportunity for “sustained whole-sector collaboration as ‘one railway.’”

The chief executive of the Railway Industry Association, Darren Caplan, welcomed the sector deal, which he agreed will “help the rail industry and government deliver together a world-class railway.”

“Members of the RIA team played a significant part in helping to drive this deal forward, and we look forward to participating further to help implement the deal, particularly its sustainable procurement and Digital Railway pillars,” he said.

“It is an exciting time to be working in the rail industry, and the Rail Sector Deal will help the UK’s railway deliver even more for UK plc, its economy and connectivity, in the years ahead.”

Image credit - Chalabala

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >