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Railway Industry Association sets criteria for Great British Railways

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has set out five tests to ensure the creation of Great British Railways (GBR) is successful.

The five tests provide a platform to ensure the railway body can harness the value and expertise of the rail supply industry.

The tests set out by RIA are:

  • No hiatus in current work: Over 70% of Network Rail’s spend is with the private sector and RIA argue there cannot be a pause in this work.
  • Transparency: Be clear with rail supplier allowing them to deliver on projects.
  • Partnership: Be an open and accessible client partnering with the private sector for the best results.
  • Productivity: Ensure the rail industry can thrive as financial sustainability will help ensure rail delivers for UK plc.
  • Ambition: Leave a positive legacy particularly in the areas of safety, decarbonisation, exports and the economy.
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The five tests set out by RIA, image credit - RIA

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of RIA commented on the tests set out for the upcoming GBR body.

Mr Caplan said: “The railway industry is currently undergoing a major restructure which could change the way we work both now and in the future.

“It’s important that we get GBR right, ensuring that we can all continue to deliver for passengers, freight users and the economy.

“RIA’s five tests – informed and developed by RIA members – set out what rail suppliers need to make the new structure a success.

“As GBR is set up… RIA and our members will continue to engage with and support the process.

“We look forward to working with the Government, the Transition Team, Network Rail, and all partners to ensure we continue to deliver for the UK.”


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