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Parliamentarians debate how to improve UK rail network

14 March 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI) hosted a roundtable at One Great George Street to discuss themes of the Rail Review. 

Parliamentarians debate how to improve UK rail network

How to ensure that Britain’s railways are financially sustainable for taxpayers and users was discussed by parliamentarians at a roundtable event last week.

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI), parliamentarians and senior industry leaders engaged with independent Rail Review chair, Keith Williams, at ICE’s London headquarters.

The event was an opportunity for industry to discuss issues such as how to improve transport services across the UK and ensuring a railway that's fit for future generations.

Vicky Ford MP, APPGI Chair, said: “The roundtable event was a fantastic opportunity for industry to discuss the review and input their views about the important aspects that should be covered.

“We are thankful to Keith Williams for taking the time to engage with us and will continue to work hard to ensure that infrastructure remains high on the political agenda.”

The Rail Review

The Rail Review was established to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the delivery of the government’s vision for the railway.

Former British Airways CRO Keith Williams was appointed to lead the review and is supported by an expert panel.

At the APPGI roundtable, Williams provided an overview of the key themes of the Review and set out its direction of travel.

Attendees, high level industry leaders and parliamentarians, then discussed these ideas, including the benefits and current model of operations, the need for financial stability and how future models could better integrate transport services at a regional level.

The discussion will also feed into a Rail Review submission that ICE will publish before 31 May 2019.

  • Emma Beer, media relations manager at ICE