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Rail Partners responds to Railway Industry Association’s latest report

Commenting on Railway Industry Association’s latest report, Mark Gaynor, Director of Operator Services at Rail Partners, said:

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Rail Partners response to Network Rail's 5-year delivery plan

Commenting on the start of Network Rail’s 5-year delivery plan, Robert Girgis, Rail Partners’ director of policy said:

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Rail Partners response to ORR passenger rail usage statistics for Q3

Commenting on ORR’s passenger rail usage statistics for October to December 2023, a spokesperson said:

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Rail Partners response to ORR statistics on rail freight usage and performance for Q3

Responding to the ORR’s latest statistics on rail freight usage and performance, Andy Bagnall, chief executive of Rail Partners, said:

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Rail Partners response to open access plans between London and Wrexham

Andy Bagnall, chief executive of Rail Partners, has responded to Alstom's open access application:

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Rail Partners responds to NAO rail reform report

Andy Bagnall, chief executive of Rail Partners, responds to the National Audit Office report on rail reform:

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MPs show cross-party support for rail freight growth ahead of General Election

  • The Rail Partners Freight Parliamentary Reception 2024 at the House of Commons featured speeches from Rail Minister Huw Merriman MP, Lib Dem transport spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP, and Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Roads Minister (on behalf of Louise Haigh, Shadow Transport Secretary) to discuss their plans for rail freight ahead of the general election  
  • The event follows the publication of Rail Partners’ report, Freight Britain: An engine for green growth which outlines a policy framework to support the delivery of rail freight growth  
  • Both the Rail Minister and Shadow Transport Minister made clear that rail freight growth is a priority to support wider economic and environmental objectives.
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Rail Partners response to Spring Budget fuel duty freeze

Responding to the Spring Budget, Andy Bagnall, chief executive for Rail Partners, said:

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Freight operators ready to partner with government to get lorries off roads and support green economic growth

  • Rail Partners’ freight operator members are ready to invest in new trains, facilities and in skills, should government take measures to support the sector.  
  • ‘Freight Britain: An engine for green growth’ offers a route map to delivering on the government’s 75% rail freight growth target and securing important economic and environmental benefits for a nation of rail freight customers. 
  • The report’s five policy recommendations include a call – ahead of the budget statement – for government to address the widening cost gap between rail and road freight, to help businesses choose rail over more polluting transport modes.  
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Operational note: The Rail Partners Freight Parliamentary Reception 2024

Invitation to The Rail Partners Freight Parliamentary Reception

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‘Government overinvolvement a major contributing factor to poorer outcomes’ Rail Partners tells main parties as Rail Minister and Shadow Rail Minister address rail industry

  • Rail Partners has used its annual George Bradshaw Address to urge the main parties to get the ‘best of both worlds’, from the public and private sectors, to ensure a growing railway 
  • Rail Partners’ chief executive, Andy Bagnall told attendees that currently, government micromanagement of the railway is contributing to poorer outcomes – and that reform is needed to attract passengers back and balance the books 
  • The George Bradshaw Address ‘election special’ took place at One Great George Street, with Huw Merriman MP, Minister of State for Rail and HS2, and Stephen Morgan MP, Shadow Minister of State for Rail, each setting out their party’s plans for the railway ahead of the general election 
  • Ahead of the address Rail Partners launched its ‘Manifesto for Rail’ setting out five key steps the next government must take to allow the railway to succeed. 
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Rail Partners response to publication of the draft Rail Reform Bill

Responding to the publication of the draft Rail Reform Bill, Rail Partners chief executive Andy Bagnall said: