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The McNulty report: 6 months on - THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2011 AT 18:00

The speaker at the Railway Civil Engineers Association event on 17th November in London is Sir Roy McNulty.

Sir Roy McNulty's independent Rail Value for Money Study was published on 19 May 2011. The review, jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, recommends ways in which the whole industry can work towards delivering a safe and efficient railway which represents value-for-money for customers and taxpayers.

The report can be downloaded at the Office of Rail Regulation website.
Welcoming the report, Sir David Higgins, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: " Sir Roy's work gives the industry the direction it must take….that will involve more change, but it is change for the better, change that will deliver an even better performing, sustainable railway for Britain."
Recommendations
The study describes its package of recommendations as a major evolution rather than revolution and many recommendations reflect the journey that we have started. Key recommendations include:
·         The rail industry should be 30% more efficient by 2018/19
·         Stronger joint industry leadership
·         Closer working together between Network Rail and operators
·         Devolution of responsibility so that that decisions are made as close to customers and the market as possible
·         Reformed central roles for government, the industry regulator and for Network Rail
The report also went on to say "Over the last year, the study has observed significant changes in the orientation of Network Rail and the train operating companies. Network Rail is now clearly committed to change, to a new focus on its customers' needs, and to greater levels of safety, transparency and accountability."
 
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG)
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) was established by Network Rail together with other rail industry leaders, including the chief executives of the passenger and freight train operating owning groups, and will be chaired by Tim O'Toole, the chief executive of FirstGroup.
The group has been focusing on industry-wide issues, including the strategy and long-term vision for the railway. to inform key choices facing governments and the development of plans in response to governments' output specifications. The RDG is considering and implementing change in response to key recommendations from Sir Roy McNulty’s Report, including the proposal for a rail systems agency.
The RDG has met monthly and be joined by Sir Roy McNulty to help the group, and the railway as a whole, take forward his recommendations.
With the recent change of Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon Justine Greening joined the RDG within 48 hours of her appointment to Cabinet stressing the strategic importance of Sir Roy’s work ………this RCEA meeting offers a timely opportunity to hear an update on progress to deliver the McNulty Agenda as GB’s rail industry faces a watershed year in 2012 and the emerging plans for CP5 and beyond.
 
For details of the event click HERE
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