Rail industry sets out criteria for recovery plan ahead of Government announcement
With the Government set to announce new spending plans on Tuesday 30 June, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), has commented: “The Railway Industry Association and our members welcome all investment in the UK rail network, with rail clearly set to be one of the economic sectors which can support the jobs and GVA needed to drive the recovery.
“We urge the Government to ensure any rail investment announced sets out a clear pipeline of work with specific delivery timelines. This would enable rail businesses to plan and build their project teams for forthcoming accelerated work, support a clear skills strategy, enable rail suppliers to grow their capabilities and deliver cost-effectively, help deliver the Government’s own objective to decarbonise rail by 2040, and provide opportunities for UK-based companies, supporting Government’s exports offer post the EU-transition.
“If the forthcoming announcements on rail infrastructure can deliver on these criteria, rail suppliers working with Government really will be able to boost the recovery and deliver a ‘golden age of rail’ in the months and years ahead.”