Rail Delivery Group: Membership

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) benefits and (b) value for money of the licence conditions for (i) Network Rail, (ii) passenger operators and (iii) freight operators whereby it is mandatory to become a licensed member of the Rail Delivery Group.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The licence condition that stipulates membership of Rail Delivery Group (RDG) ensures that freight and passenger operators and Network Rail are united in delivering a long-term vision for the network as a whole, and that farebox revenue across the network is properly settled and distributed. The condition requires that organisations become licensed members of the RDG, and not necessarily fee-paying full members. However, licensed members can obtain full, fee-paying membership should they meet a turnover requirement of £100m per annum and following agreement by existing members.

The Government is supportive of the Rail Delivery Group’s role of providing industry leadership in the railway to achieve better outcomes for rail users and taxpayers. We will continue to work closely with RDG to ensure they are well placed to provide the strategic leadership needed to deliver key reforms in the railway.

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