Providing continuity of work tops a five-point list for the new Great British Railways, set out by the Railway Industry Association (RIA).
The industry body’s five action points are:
- No hiatus in current work: RIA points out that more than 70% of Network Rail’s spend is with the private sector, and that “there cannot be a pause in this work”.
- Transparency: Be clear and transparent with rail suppliers, to allow them to deliver.
- Partnership: Be an open and accessible client, and partner with the private sector for the best results.
- Productivity: Ensure the rail industry is able to thrive - financial sustainability will ensure rail delivers for UK plc.
- Ambition: Leave a positive legacy, including in safety, decarbonisation, exports and the economy.
RIA contributes £43 billion in economic growth and £14bn in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 710,000 people.
Chief Executive Darren Caplan said: “The railway industry is currently undergoing a major restructure which could change the way we work both now and in the future, so it’s important that we get Great British Railways right.
“The Railway Industry Association’s five tests - informed and developed by RIA members - sets out what rail suppliers need to make the new structure a success.”
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