Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

25 Jan 2022 - 25 Jan 2022

View event site Organiser: Westminster Forum Projects Organiser Website: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk Organiser phone: +44 (0)1344 864796 Organiser email: [email protected]

Next steps for reform of the UK rail system and priorities for developing services and infrastructure

This event will take place ONLINE on 25 January 2022.

This conference will examine key priorities for reforming the rail system in the UK, including the operation of its infrastructure and the delivery of services, in light of wide-ranging changes expected to rail governance and the evolving needs and behaviours of rail users.

It will be a timely opportunity to analyse key components of the significant reform put forward in the Williams Rail Review, such as the formal end to the rail franchising system and the creation of a new body, Great British Railways (GBR), to govern the rail system. Proposals from the Government for implementing the Review are expected later this year.

Delegates will discuss the practicalities and potential impact of implementation, as well as what will be needed to meet the main policy aims successfully, including:

  • the scope of change needed to centralise strategic oversight and keep reform on track
  • simplifying the network and ticket purchasing process
  • further measures for catering to changing customer needs and preferences
  • replacing the franchising model with Passenger Service Contracts
  • increasing accountability and reducing overlap and mismanagement across stakeholders

We also expect discussion on:

  • infrastructure modernisation – the way forward and challenges for delivery
  • overcoming challenges for cross-region connections, including in rural areas
  • strategies for attracting passengers back on to the network

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference. To register for this event click here.

This event is organised by Westminster Forum Projects.

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