The rail review gathers pace

Keith Williams, together with his expert challenge panel and the team at the Department for Transport continue to beaver away to develop an innovative, practical solution to the more intractable issues of the rail industry. The industry has some really positive achievements under its belt: growing passenger numbers, upgrading infrastructure and rolling stock, offering a more inclusive service…the list goes on. And yet – there are still significant problems and we are seeking creative, cost-effective and practical solutions. The call for evidence is still open, so if you haven’t yet contributed your two penn’orth, please do! Keith will be setting out his initial thoughts in his George Bradshaw address at the end of February, but the work will go on. So have your say and help us make a lasting difference.

Rethinking our rail system

I’m really looking forward to working with Keith Williams and the other members of the expert challenge panel on the rail review, and colleagues at DfT, to rethink our railways so that they really work for passengers.  It’s such an important issue – unless we can move around freely and easily, we can’t work, enjoy time with distant friends and relatives, travel to new parts of the country and expand our horizons…

Today you can join in – there is a call for evidence on the DfT website.  Please do!  We need to hear from those who use the railway, those who would like to but don’t or can’t, and those who think it’s just not for them.  Most of us would agree something fairly radical is required…so let’s get those ideas in!  But it’s not just the innovative ideas that I want to hear.  If there’s something in particular that causes you problems, whether or not you can suggest how to solve it, please let us know.

Thanks in advance for your contribution.