Can GBR survive?

Informed Sources

Cutting edge analysis of the issues which really matter

Setting out their visions for the future: Rail Minister Huw Merriman (left) and his Shadow counterpart Stephen Morgan (right) debated the future of the railway at Rail Partners’2024 George Bradshaw Address on 20 February, hosted by Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent at Sky News. Mr Merriman said the draft Rail Reform Bill would –if it passes in full –combine‘the best of the private and public sector for the best in amodern railway’, although he acknowledged Royal Assent is unlikely before the general election. Mr Morgan, meanwhile, promised afuture Labour Government would seek to bring forward aRailways Act, and said more details on its plans would be announced soon.
Courtesy Rail Partners

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Who should Ibump into the other day but billionaire industrialist Sir Jim Ratcliffe? With the draft Rail Reform Bill just published, the talk soon turned to railways, and I sought Sir Jim’s views on the likely timescale for the creation of Great British Railways, or the Integrated Rail Body (IRB) as the draft Bill has it.

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