Last edited 21 May 2021

Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail



[edit] Introduction

On 20 May 2021, the Government announced the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail - a strategy to transform Britain’s railways.

[edit] Great British Railways (GBR)

The reforms will address fragmentation of the railway system by uniting them under the management of Great British Railways (GBR). The Government does not see this as renationalisation, but instead as simplification.

This newly created public body will plan and operate the network, own the infrastructure and collect most fare revenue. Under this arrangement, the goal will be to provide coordinated rail services and better integration with other transport services such as buses. GBR will contract private partners to operate the trains based on the timetable it sets.

[edit] Management role

Simpler structures and clear leadership will make decision-making easier and more transparent, reduce costs and make it cheaper to invest in modern ways to pay, upgrade the network and deliver new lines. These changes will set out to transform the railways by making them more accountable to taxpayers and the Government.

Under the plan, freight operations will primarily remain in the private sector market.

[edit] Reaction

Chris Richards, ICE Director of Policy said, "While it's good to see a more strategic approach to rail enhancements, there are a few additional questions that need to be addressed to ensure the public get the rail system they need".

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