News about the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, which followed the comprehensive review of the future structure of the UK rail sector that the government commissioned from former British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams.
UK: Having spoken to a range of senior figures across the industry in recent weeks, almost all on condition of anonymity, Rail Business UK can confirm widespread concern that significant investment spending is coming to an end after three decades of growth in rail use, with potentially significant implications for the future of the network.
UK: Train operating companies opened the industry-wide voluntary severance scheme to staff at midday on October 13, as part of a Department for Transport-led cost reduction initiative launched in response to expected changes in passenger demand in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
UK: The Department for Transport has announced the first phase of engagement with industry stakeholders regarding plans for the Passenger Service Contracts which will replace the previous franchising system.
UK: The Office of Rail & Road has begun consultation on proposals to reform the Schedule 4 regime. This compensates passenger and freight train operators for loss of revenue and additional costs incurred as the result of disruption to services due to engineering possessions, and incentivises Network Rail to plan ...
UK: The first details of the Special Voluntary Severance Scheme that will be offered to railway employees have been outlined as the Department for Transport pushes forward with a widespread reduction in staff numbers across all parts of the rail sector.
UK: The Department for Transport faces ‘an extremely challenging and uncertain environment’ in which to implement the proposed Williams-Shapps rail reforms, but ‘has neither the necessary urgency nor appreciates the scale of the challenge ahead’ the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee warns in its Overview of the English Rail ...
Live blog with the latest updates and reactions to the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail published on May 20 2021, the UK government’s white paper based on the Williams Review of the future structure of the rail industry.