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Squeezing out the private sector in rail could lead to funding black hole and missed opportunities for innovation

  • Ahead of a market engagement exercise today and as government looks to repair public sector finances, transport operators are wary that blunting private sector input could see taxpayers footing ‘significantly more’ of the bill to fund the railway
  • While welcoming the set-up of GBR, operators warn against imposing a contractual straitjacket that could stifle innovation for passengers and slow down Britain’s recovery
  • Rail companies ask for the ability to flexibly respond to the needs of passengers and have greater freedom to encourage people back to train travel
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Rail industry welcomes travellers to Glasgow and COP26 with clear environmental message: We Mean Green

Delegates attending COP26 and passengers travelling through Glasgow Central railway station will be welcomed by a campaign highlighting rail’s green credentials. 

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Rail journey trends show leisure journeys nearly back on track but slower return of workers puts city centre recovery at risk

  • Analysis of rail industry journey figures show a 26% increase in train journeys since the end of the summer holidays, with leisure journeys at around 90% of pre-pandemic levels
  • A slower increase in commuter journeys, currently at 45% of pre-pandemic levels, is putting the recovery of city centre businesses at risk
  • Overall, since the start of September, leisure journeys now account for 55% of all train journeys compared to 33% pre-pandemic.
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Rail industry reaction to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Rail Delivery Group reaction to the Budget and Spending Review.

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£2.3bn cost of ‘London lag’ in commuting puts future of capital’s shops, restaurants and bars at risk

  • Commuters into London are slower to get back to the office, with only 41% of pre-pandemic train commuters returning, compared to 54% outside the capital
  • New analysis shows this shortfall means London’s leisure sector would lose out on an estimated £2.3bn of train passenger spending per year on things like food and drink, shopping and entertainment
  • Encouraging people back onto trains for their commute is vital to help avoid shut up shops, restaurants and bars on London high streets
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Net zero trains commitment can power a green jobs revolution, says rail industry

  • New research shows how building a net zero railway could support 6,000 green jobs lasting to 2050, generate £4.4 billion of economic benefits and catalyse the growth of emerging hydrogen and battery industries                                                                                    
  • Building a net zero railway will support the levelling up agenda with over 90% of jobs created outside London and the South East and over half high-skilled 
  • Rail industry says commitment by government to funding a long-term programme to build the infrastructure and technology that will make trains net-zero would help unlock these benefits 
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Stourbridge named Britain’s favourite railway station in public vote

  • Stourbridge has been voted the nation’s favourite railway station after a week-long public poll
  • 48 stations from across the country competed head-to-head in the World Cup of Stations
  • Tournament celebrates stations and staff across the country that play a vital role in supporting the local economy recover from the pandemic
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Voting for nation’s favourite railway station in the World Cup of Stations kicks off

  • This week the British public can vote for their favourite railway station in the World Cup of Stations 2021
  • 48 stations from across Britain will compete in a series of Twitter polls
  • Tournament seeks to find the station and staff who have played their role in supporting their local area to recover from the pandemic
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Passengers continue to get back on board as rail journeys increase

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today released figures showing 182 million rail journeys were made between April and June 2021 (Q1 2021/22). This is more than double the previous quarter (Q4 2020/21) of 80 million journeys, and more than five times the 35 million journeys made in April to June 2020 (Q1 2020/21).

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Letters to editors about rail improvements and the importance of reform

The Rail Delivery Group wrote to two newspapers this week about the improvements that the private sector delivered over the last 25 years, in partnership with the public sector, and how getting reform right will be crucial to supporting the country's recovery from the pandemic.