London First comments on Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail
Commenting on the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, Adam Tyndall, Programme Director, Connectivity at London First said:
“Reform of the railways is long overdue. While the White Paper signals a change of track, much of the train remains in the station. However, these reforms could be transformative if the detail is right.
“For the new body to be successful, it must be given real powers and independence to hold both track and train operators to account. There must also be clear and transparent lines of accountability to ensure that passengers always come first.
“The decision to base nationwide service contracts on a TfL-style system is a significant vote of confidence in how transport operates in London. With this Review published, the Government must now rapidly agree a long-term, sustainable, funding settlement for TfL itself.
“The limited reform of fares and ticketing is a missed opportunity. It leaves operators with one arm tied and passengers’ expectations unmet. To bring commuters back to public transport after the pandemic, it will be critical to move to a ticketing system with clarity, flexibility and cost-effectiveness at its core.”