In this article, the UK's Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, presents his vision for the British rail industry, and explains how he hopes to build a partnership with industry. He shares the public's aim to have a reliable, efficient, modern, fast system which will be a competitive alternative to other transport modes. The UK Government wants to transform public transport so that it provides real choice, and has already made a good start, although some of its plans will take some years to come to fruition. The challenge to the industry is to achieve real performance improvements by Spring 2000, and then year by year, and provide the necessary quality investment, so that the railway system will be thoroughly modern in ten years' time. In the February 1999 rail summit, the Government made it clear that performance and attitudes had to change, and the industry responded positively, but its real test is whether it can meet its punctuality targets. On 1 April 1999, the Government created the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), whose members will collaborate on long-term planning as well as short-term performance, and have tougher, swifter enforcement powers; three new champions and 'policemen' for the industry have been appointed. The new Railways Bill will raise operator's required service standards, give priority to passengers' interests, and emphasise the importance of freight.

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  • Publication Date: 1999-10


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  • Pagination: p. 724-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 56
    • Issue Number: 613
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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  • Accession Number: 00780968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2000 12:00AM