Ahead of the devolved national and regional elections taking place next month, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has published five manifestos that highlight the ‘key asks’ the rail industry would like to see from political decision makers in London and the South East, the Midlands, the North of England (produced jointly with Northern Rail Industry Leaders), Scotland and Wales over the coming years.
RIA chief executive Darren Caplan explained: “The upcoming devolved national and regional elections offer the opportunity for candidates, across the political spectrum and in all parts of the UK, to affirm their commitment to a strong, vibrant rail sector that can lead the economic revival following Coronavirus.
“Rail is green; it’s a catalyst for economic growth and its geographically spread across the country, making it a prime candidate for continued investment, at such a critical time for the economy.
“The Railway Industry Association has published five manifestos today, setting out what rail businesses need from policy makers in order to best support the economy and jobs. Whether in Scotland, the North, Midlands, London and the South East or Wales & Western, the rail industry needs a consistent and visible profile of work, support to decarbonise and digitalise the network, commitments to major projects and backing to develop innovation and skills.
“We look forward to working with all parties, both before and after the elections, to ensure our railways continue to act as the economic backbone of the country.”