Rail Delivery Group called for a new independent rail organisation which would enhance accountability and enable a more joined-up, long term approach to decisions about the railway.
The new rail body would be responsible for setting strategy, objectives and targets and for holding the industry to account must be separate from the organisations responsible for running the railway, both track and train.
Speaking at the Accelerate Rail conference in London, Paul Plummer, the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said that “we are calling for a new arms-length organising body to implement national rail policy, and prevent the railway being used as a political football. It would allow politicians to step back and concentrate on the big questions of what they want the railway to achieve for communities and the country. Train companies and Network Rail could focus on what they do best – innovating and creating to deliver better for their customers.”