Essential action points for rail’s evolution

On February 28, RAIL Managing Editor and Events Director Nigel Harris returned to the virtual sofa to kick off another much-anticipated new webinar series. 

Almost 1,000 people registered to watch the three episodes, which successfully built on RAIL’s Creating a Simpler, Better Railway webinar series that aired late last year. 

Making it happen: How rail needs to evolve in the next two, ten and 30 years was designed to reflect the different time horizons of the workstreams within the Government’s rail reform package, and the ongoing work of the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) to implement it. 

Following hot on the heels of Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper’s keynote speech at the annual George Bradshaw address on February 7 (RAIL 977), the first webinar looked at the immediate challenge being faced by the rail industry to overhaul fares and ticketing. 

How new Passenger Service Contracts will replace the traditional (but now obsolete) 

franchising system was also considered, as were ways in which rail can better serve local communities. 

Featuring a host of industry leaders, including senior members from the GBRTT, the series then turned its attention to challenges over Control Period 7 (April 2024-March 2029) and beyond. These included creating a more accessible network and building a more diverse workforce. 

Read this article in full in RAIL issue 982 here

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  • Antony Johnson - 03/05/2023 15:01

    Overhauling the fares and ticketing system is long overdue, but what we need is a proper integrated transport system allowing multimode ticketing. We also need day/multi-day travel passes permitting passengers to use any service at any time within the validity of the pass. It's perfectly possible, given the right will, as ably demonstrated in Switzerland for example.

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