City Region LEP chair Roger Marsh OBE appointed to government's new national rail review panel

Responding to his appointment to the expert challenge panel of the newly-announced independent rail review announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling today, Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the NP11 Board and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: 

“A modern reliable transport network is an essential ingredient to a successful economy that brings opportunities to all our communities. The disruption to our rail network this summer had an unacceptable impact on business and we need to ensure the appropriate lessons are learned.

“I look forward to seeing the recommendations of the Blake-Johnson Review which is already underway and working with my fellow panel members to support the work of Keith Williams in his work in the months ahead.”

Most significant

Mr Grayling described the review, which will be led by former British Airways chief executive and deputy chairman of John Lewis Partnership Keith Williams, as “the most significant since privatisation”.

The transport secretary said the review will build on the government’s franchising strategy, bringing track and train closer together to reduce disruption and improve accountability. It will also consider regional partnerships and how we can use innovation to improve services and value for money for passengers.

Expert knowledge 

As part of the review’s external panel, Roger Marsh will, the Minister said, “bring his expert knowledge and experience of business and transport needs across the north of the country”.

The panel will consider all parts of the rail industry, from the current franchising system and industry structures, accountability, and value for money for passengers and taxpayers.

Bold recommendations

Mr Grayling said: “As part of our vision for the future of mobility, we need to go further and more quickly, to get the best from the public and private sectors and deliver the railway we need for the 21st century. It is vital that this review leaves no stone unturned and makes bold recommendations for the future.”

Cllr Judith Blake who is Leader of Leeds City Council and represents the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the Transport for the North boardis leading a review of the rail disruption which will report its findings to Rail Minister Jo Johnson.

11 Oct 2018

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