Our very own Chris Weatherburn was delighted to be joined by three expert panellists to discuss some of the challenges facing the rail industry, and what some of the solutions could be.

Our panellists were:

  • David Worsley – Rail Strategy Manager – Transport for the North
  • Matthew Lee – Partner – Winder Phillips Associates
  • Kara Wood – Head of Performance & Customer Relationship Management – Network Rail
  • Chris Weatherburn – Associate Director – Copper Consultancy (host)

Among the topics discussed were the proposed cancellations and delays to sections of High Speed Two (HS2), net zero aspirations for the rail industry, and scope for improvement in electrifying the rail network across the UK.

Being aware of some of the challenges facing the industry, it was fantastic to hear the panel expressing optimism towards the future of the rail industry: advocating on behalf of projects such as the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrades, Northern Powerhouse Rail, the reversal of some of the Beeching cuts and the re-opening of smaller stations and lines. It was also good to hear the panel discussing the merits of the Elizabeth Line and opportunities offered by Great British Rail (GBR) in removing bureaucracy, increasing customer service and value for money.

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