Latest Rail News

19.04.13

Rail Delivery Group asks for industry support

The Rail Delivery Group has said it is “essential” that it gets support from the rest of the industry and the regulators if it is to achieve its aim of making the industry more efficient and meeting the unit costs savings challenge.

Responding to the Office of Rail Regulation’s ‘GB rail financial information 2011-2012’ report, the RDG said boosting efficiency was of “paramount importance”.

Its director-general, Graham Smith (pictured above), said: “The RDG’s work on asset management, embracing new technology and identifying opportunities to improve retailing will all enhance the value for money of the industry.

“The ORR’s report demonstrates that the industry recognises the importance of increasing efficiency. Under the RDG’s leadership the industry will work to identify further ways of improving efficiency. The fresh start to the franchising process, combined with improved efficiency, will allow the rail industry to provide improved benefits to users and taxpayers.”

The ORR’s study shows that the cost of the rail industry is reducing after taking inflation into account. Farepayers are funding a greater proportion of the costs of operating the railway, allowing governmental funding to be reduced. Income from fares contributed 57.6% of the total cost of the railways for 2011/12, up from 55.8% the previous year. Government funding was 32.15%, down 1.8%, but includes significant regional variation. These figures refer to the operational costs of the railway (e.g. subsidy), not capital investment.

Smith said: “By encouraging operators, suppliers and Network Rail to work together, the RDG is creating efficiency opportunities that will come to fruition over the next five years. It is essential however, that the RDG is supported in its work by funders, regulators and stakeholders so that we can achieve our shared objective of an ever-improving railway.”

The RDG is made up substantially of train operating company representatives, as well as two freight operators and Network Rail.

It publishes summaries of its monthly meetings here.

Tell us what you think – have your say below or email opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Swman   19/04/2013 at 12:30

The RDG seems to have taken prominence for representing the views of the owning groups away from ATOC, how was this group formulated, who decides how you become a member, why is the regulator not involved and more importantly, why are private companies asking the support of the industry to deliver change? Surely if there is a real business benefit to the changes then the owning groups should be funding it as part of a grown up franchise system, rather than a one way street as we have now. Am I the only one who thinks this is just another jobs for the boys situation, and I use the terms boys deliberately? And why the title of Director General? What is he Director General of?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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 >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
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 >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... 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. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey&rsqu... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >