Queen Speech: Proposals on railway reform will be brought forward

Yesterday the Queen’s Speech stated that “proposals on railway reform will be brought forward”. Details on changes in how Britain’s railway will be run are not expected to be revealed until the Williams Review is published, but in July independent chairman Keith Williams said the priorities of the review were punctuality and reliability, safety, value for money, fares reform and accessibility.

The Rail Delivery Group was among the bodies welcoming the reference to rail reform. Chief Executive Paul Plummer said: “The industry welcomes the Government’s firm commitment to take forward the recommendations of the Williams Review, particularly its focus on fares and contract reform. Both are key to a new partnership between the public and private sectors in rail that delivers more for passengers and the country.”