RIA welcome Transport Bill announcement

While the RIA has welcomed railway improvement plans announced in the Queen’s Speech, they have questioned the omission of Great British Railways.

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The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed the Transport Bill that was announced in the Queen’s Speech, which includes plans to improve the railway industry. The annual speech is an opportunity for the sitting government to highlight its priorities and key policies that they will be focussing on over the year.

“Her Majesty’s Government will improve transport across the United Kingdom, delivering safer, cleaner services and enabling more innovation,” Prince Charles, His Royal Highness, said. “Legislation will be introduced to modernise rail services and improve reliability for passengers.”

“The railway industry will welcome the inclusion of a new Transport Bill in the Queen’s Speech today,” Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the RIA, said. “However, it would have been good to see Great British Railways (GBR) specifically mentioned in the speech, to ensure we can make progress.

“With the introduction of rail legislation, RIA has set out ‘five tests’ for GBR as it is established. These include the need to ensure there is no hiatus in rail work as the restructure takes place, that the new organisation is transparent, open, and accessible, and that it supports a sustainable rail supply sector which encourages private investment. The ultimate challenge is to ensure GBR leaves a positive legacy, when it comes to safety, decarbonisation, exports, and the economy. RIA and our members are looking forward to working with the Government, Parliamentarians, rail clients and stakeholders, as the Bill moves forward, ensuring UK rail delivers not just for passengers and freight users, but also the wider economy too.”