Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail: legislative changes to implement rail reform

Rail Freight Group (RFG) was pleased to respond to the Government consultation on the Williams Shapps Plan for Rail – legislative changes to implement rail reform.

Government has set out its ambitions to see rail freight grow, in the Williams Shapps Plan for Rail and the Transport Decarbonisation Plan. Our members share that view, with customers increasingly looking to rail as part of their sustainable supply chains and investing in new facilities and equipment to support this.

To meet Government and customer ambitions, rail reform has to deliver a positive outcome for freight. The Williams Shapps Plan for Rail set out a vision for that which we welcomed. This consultation is an important next stage setting out the framework for the legislation, as well as outlining the overall governance for Great British Railways (GBR). Overall we recognise that the proposed framework offers more protection to non GBR operators than originally anticipated, which we welcome.

Download the response in full here.