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RSSB opens consultation to help create a greener rail network

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has opened a consultation on the Sustainable Rail Strategy (SRS) Prototype as it looks to build a greener railway.

This will form the initial version of the leadership plan that will help to create an even more sustainable railway.

Britain’s rail network is already one of the most sustainable ways to transport people and goods however this can still be improved.

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail shows there is a need for “a comprehensive environment plan that will establish rail as the backbone of a cleaner future transport system.”

The SRS will provide the first industry-wide approach to sustainability across environmental and social areas.

This has been co-created by various rail industry experts and the creation of the SRS has been led by RSSB.

The SRS sets out clear strategic sustainability guidance and provides a framework for alignment across the rail industry.

George Davies, RSSB’s Director of Sustainable Development commented on the SRS and how it will help create a greener railway.

Mr Davies said: “The SRS Prototype sets out clear and ambitious goals for the rail industry.

“It’s a detailed leadership plan for the sector to deliver on Government aspirations and what society expects a major industry like ours to be doing.

Taking advice on the way forward is crucial to building consensus and corralling the action needed to convert the strategy into the operational railway.”

RSSB’s consultation on behalf of the Sustainable Rail Executive will seek feedback from industry and sustainability experts.

It is expected that feedback will be provided on the Prototype, its priorities, implementation and effectiveness.

The consultation will be open until 15th July 2022.

The final SRS is expected to be published later this year and will form a key input into Great British Railways Whole Industry Strategic Plan.

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