Andy Bagnall, Chief Executive, Rail Partners

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:

‘If approved, the proposed open access operations between London, the Midlands, Shropshire, and North Wales will be good news for passengers, who will reap the benefits that healthy competition between operators brings in terms of a choice of services, innovation on fares, and improved performance.  

‘The evidence both here in Britain, on the East Coast Mainline, and across Europe shows that where more commercial freedom exists for operators, it leads to better service, cheaper fares and greater efficiencies.

‘To deliver more benefits to passengers, government should make it a priority to remove barriers to open access operations now and during the next parliament, in parallel to wider reform that harnesses private sector operators within a new public body.’

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

  • Rail Partners hosted the Open Access Summit on Monday 27 November, at 1 Great George Street, Westminster, London, bringing together industry leaders to discuss unlocking the potential of open access rail operations within Britain. The event focused on how to encourage new open access services onto the rail network for the benefit of passengers and how best to remove existing barriers to prospective market entrants.
  • On 7 March, the ORR approved Grand Union Trains, an open access operator, to start a new train service between London and the city of Stirling, from June 2025.