To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what terms Richard George has been engaged by his Department to (a) co-ordinate efforts between train operators and Network Rail to improve the reliability of services in the north and (b) work with industry and Transport for the North to examine the increase in services train operators committed to in December 2019; and what the timeframe is for Mr George to present his recommendations to the Department.
Richard George, an independent industry expert, has been tasked by the Secretary of State to assist with railway industry performance improvement in the region covered by Transport for the North. Although there may be discussion on the increase in services train operators are committed to in December 2019, this is not a specific remit of his work. The Terms of Reference set out the remit of his work, including that he will report to both the Department and Transport for the North.
It is intended that recommendations will be provided to the Department in Spring 2019. A copy of the full Terms of Reference will be placed in the libraries of both Houses.