RDG proposes reforming fares regulation to offer more flexible, better value fares while Network Rail boss sets out plans to restructure company

 
RDG anticipates that its proposed reforms would be self-financing

 

Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group have taken the initiative in setting the ground for changes to the way the rail industry operates in advance of the Williams review making formal recommendations to government.

RDG’s proposals involve reforming fares regulation to offer passengers more flexible, better value fares that fit with today’s working patterns and lifestyles. Potential changes to pricing and ticketing are also set out which would meet further political objectives for fares reform. RDG anticipates that they would be self-financing, avoid polarising ‘winners and losers’ and provide protections passengers want while removing archaic regulations dating back to privatisation. The proposals are also designed to make it easier for transport authorities with devolved powers to set fares to meet local needs.

RDG chief executive Paul Plummer urged the government to approve an immediate start on work to reform fares regulation with a view to live trials being conducted this year.

For the sake of our customers, we believe train operators and government, working together with passenger groups and others, should begin the process of change now

“For the sake of our customers, we believe train operators and government, working together with passenger groups and others, should begin the process of change now,” he said.

Meanwhile, Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to restructure the company to bring management of track and train closer together, improve poor punctuality and create a new customer service ethos.

In October, Haines said the industry needed to “big up” in starting to resolve these issues rather than wait for government action and legislation in response to the Williams review, a process which he considered could take several years.

 
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