Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said:
“With the Williams Review due to report shortly, the Railway Industry Association urges that any changes to the structure of the UK railways must consider the entirety of the rail industry, including rail suppliers, who provide the products and services that keep our rail network running, as well as, of course, infrastructure and the train operators.
“For these businesses, many of whom are RIA members, it is paramount that changes to the structure of the rail sector do not lead to a pause in work on our railways or a hiatus in longer-term investment, which is so essential in keeping passengers and freight moving and our economy growing – both now and in the future.
“It is encouraging to see the Government’s commitment to a National Infrastructure Strategy – RIA has been calling for a 30-year plan for the railways for some time.
“As far as our members are concerned, the rail supply sector requires a long term strategy for UK rail, which stops ‘boom and bust’ rail funding for infrastructure and rolling stock once and for all, and which provides consistency and visibility of upcoming enhancements work.
“Getting this right will allow rail business to deliver much more effectively the improvements expected by passengers and freight, whilst also creating and sustaining high value jobs and growing exports in these uncertain times.”