Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) has launched its manifesto of key asks of the new government, in the run-up to the General Election next month.

The concise one page manifesto can be accessed here RFM GE2019

RFM’s manifesto asks the new government for:

  • commitment to rail playing a major role in the UK government’s de-carbonisation and clean air agendas
  • commitment to completing HS2 and Midlands Engine Rail in full, together with other regional priorities (e.g. Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2)
  • commitment to publish a long-term plan for infrastructure renewals and enhancements, as well as a future rolling stock strategy 
  • commitment to transparent, auditable targets for UK content with progress being published annually

RFM’s CEO, Elaine Clark says “the rail supply chain needs clarity and certainty in order to be best placed to respond to the future demands of government and key clients.

As we move to a more devolved approach to planning and delivery this is more crucial than ever.

Regardless of the outcome of the election rail has a vital role to play; driving future economic growth, underpinning our environmental ambitions and ensuring we maintain a safe and reliable railway for future generations.

The industry has much more to offer and our succinct manifesto will encourage investment, innovation, skills development and value for fares and taxpayers.”

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