Submission to the Transport Committee's inquiry on the Integrated Rail Plan

29 January 2022

RIA has submitted a response to the House of Commons' Transport Committee inquiry on the Integrated Rail Plan.

Executive Summary

The response sets out that:

  • The Government should seek in future to take a more strategic and engaged approach to rail investment, providing the sector with long-term confidence to plan and invest.
  • The Government should publish the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) urgently, providing confirmation of the key IRP upgrades it intends to deliver and clear timeframes.
  • The delivery of key schemes in the Integrated Rail Plan should begin as soon as possible, working with the rail supply sector to ensure work is cost-effective.
  • The Government should continue examining the case for building the full HS2 Eastern Leg to Leeds and Northern Powerhouse Rail in full.
  • RIA welcomes progress on electrification, but a sustainable, rolling programme of work is required, alongside fleet orders of battery and hydrogen trains.
  • RIA calls for the full delivery of Network Rail’s Long Term Deployment Plan for digital signalling, building on the upgrades to the East Coast Main Line.
  • Accelerate the delivery of the Midlands Rail Hub, working with regional and industry partners to improve connectivity across the Midlands

The Submission

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