RIA sets out five ‘tests’ for Great British Railways

The five ‘tests’ set out by RIA will help to ensure that the establishment of the new Great British Railways structure is a success.

RIA tests

The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community, has set out five ‘tests’ to ensure the establishment of Great British Railways (GBR), the new railway structure, will be a success.

The five tests provide clear criteria for the new railway body to ensure it is best able to harness the value and expertise of the rail supply industry. The five tests are:

  1. Avoiding hiatuses in current work
  2. Transparency
  3. Partnership
  4. Productivity
  5. Ambition.

“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,” Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the RIA, said. “The tests include a need to avoid any hiatus in current work, for the new GBR body to be open and transparent, for suppliers to work more in partnership with clients on rail projects, to ensure the rail industry is sustainable and has the environment to thrive, and finally, for our railways to leave a positive safety, decarbonised, economic and exports-led legacy for the UK.

“As GBR is set up, with the Transition Team already well established and legislation due before Parliament soon, RIA and our members will continue to engage with and support the process. We look forward to working with the Government, the Transition Team, Network Rail, and all partners to ensure we continue to deliver for the UK, supporting a thriving railway alongside generating future investment, jobs and economic growth for the country.”

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