Great British Railways

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 17 May 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the Great British Railways body proposed in the Queen's Speech 2022 is expected to have in developing innovations in operations and planning for the rail network.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Great British Railways (GBR), will provide strong unified leadership across the rail network, bringing ownership of infrastructure, fares, timetables and planning of the network under a single point of operational accountability.

With the new relationship between GBR, train operators and innovators, innovations can be trialed and rolled out more rapidly. Central to this will be the better management and exploitation of data.

GBR will be well placed to coordinate data sharing, both across the established rail industry, and with innovators and the supply chain, enabling new innovations and the refinement of existing processes.

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