Monday 20 September 2021 – 14:30
We are grateful to The Rail Delivery Group for their support with this event

What is Great British Railways? How will it end rail industry fragmentation? And how can it deliver a rail network that works for customers, taxpayers, politicians, and the wider public?

The new organisation is at the heart of the William-Shapps Plan for Rail, which reported in May. Keith Williams, Chair of the Review, describes the British railway network as a “complex Rubik’s cube” and says Great British Railways should be a central ‘guiding mind’ in a reformed rail system.

This event will explore how to make a reformed rail network work for Great Britain’s long-term post-pandemic future, drawing on lessons from previous attempts at reshaping the rail industry and experiences of setting up arms-length bodies elsewhere.

Our panel:

Keith Williams, independent Chair of the Williams Review

The Rt Hon. the Lord Darling of Roulanish, former Secretary of State for Transport and former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Maria Machancoses, CEO of Midlands Connect

Andy Bagnall, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group

The event will be chaired by Dr Matthew Gill, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government


We are grateful to The Rail Delivery Group for their support with this event

Please note:

  • This event will take place using Microsoft Teams and you can watch it using the app. Feel free to email if you have any technical issues.
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Monday 20 September 2021 – 15:30
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Monday, September 20, 2021 – 14:30

Original source – The Institute for Government

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