News about Great British Railways, the public body being established to co-ordinate the rail sector in Great Britain, own the infrastructure, plan the network, set most fares and timetables and collect fare revenue.
UK: Stations across the West Midlands and selected routes in Greater Manchester are to be equipped for tap-in and tap-out payment with ‘best fare’ capping from 2025, Rail Minister Huw Merriman confirmed on February 1.
UK: The rail industry has welcomed the government’s announcement of ‘a top-level ambition’ to grow freight tonne-km by at least 75% by 2050, but says more work is needed to identify actions implement this.
UK: Britain’s rail sector is in a state of flux. In Railway Gazette Group’s forthcoming interactive live broadcast on November 22, a panel of industry leaders will assess the outlook in the wake of the scrapping of the remaining legs of High Speed 2, ongoing pressure on day-to-day operating budgets, question marks over plans to establish Great British Railways as a ‘guiding mind’ for the industry and the uneven picture of devolution.
UK: The government’s decision to publish a draft rather than full railway reform bill is a missed opportunity, rail industry bodies said following the King’s Speech at the opening of Parliament on November 7.