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photo - GBRTT Board visit to Derby

Making connections with the future home of Great British Railways

Thank you to Derby City Council for being such gracious hosts to our Board.

photo - Anit Chandarana in Manchester

Talking business in Manchester

"Businesses in Manchester absolutely understand, recognise and demand that transport is part of their reason to create better outcomes for their employees and the markets they serve."

photo - Anit Chandarana

GBRTT Lead Director seconded to Department for Transport

We’re pleased to announce that our Lead Director, Anit Chandarana, is taking up a temporary secondment at Department for Transport (DfT) as the Rail Infrastructure Group's interim Director General.

photo - Woman walking through ticket barrier

53 train stations to benefit from tap-in tap-out rollout

First phase in plans to extend Pay As You Go to a further 200 stations in the South East

photo - Commercial Partnerships Sounding Board (June 2023)

"Focus on achieving a positive outcome and effectively distribute the risks"

Commercial Partnerships Sounding Board has their say

photo - Family on a station platform

Rail commuting up 8% as strikes impact reduces

  • Commuting grew 8% during the first three months of this year, boosting railway revenue to the tune of £64 million – according to the latest GBRTT Train Travel Snapshot.
  • Fewer strike days disrupted services after the first week of the new year, which helped the quarter-on-quarter comparison*. 
  • This pushed revenue to a record high since the start of the pandemic (£2.2 billion) – but GBRTT warns that, adjusting for inflation, this is just 70% of revenue (£3.2 billion) four years ago, with the inclusion of Elizabeth line figures also affecting historic comparisons**.
photo - Rich Fisher at Rolling Stock Forum conference 2023

Developing a long-term rolling stock strategy to foster innovation

GBRTT at the 2023 Rolling Stock Forum

photo - E-bikes at Brighton station

From A to B

Not from station to station

photo - Passengers at Paddington station

Rest and recreation tops reasons for train trips – new analysis

  • Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) shares the first Train Travel Snapshot showing a national picture of train journeys by purpose.
  • Latest figures underline the importance of leisure travel to railway revenue. Trips for leisure made up for over half (54%) of industry revenue in the quarter, despite the usual post-summer dip and impacts from 11 days of industrial action*.
  • Business travel revenue was up 6% on the previous quarter, but still accounts for a small share of the overall market.
  • The second stage of opening the new Elizabeth line in November (Reading, Heathrow, and Shenfield connecting directly to central London) helped lift National Rail revenue from commuting by 3%.
photo - Commercial Partnerships Sounding Board (Feb 2023)

Supply chain representatives gather for first Sounding Board as GBRTT explores simpler, better approaches to procurement

  • GBRTT held the first Commercial Partnerships Sounding Board on Thursday 9 February
  • It’s a new forum for supply chain businesses to input into the ongoing design of Great British Railways
  • Membership rotates broadly every six months to make sure a wide range of views and opinions are heard
photo - Mark Harper at George Bradshaw Address

Government confirms support for rail reform and creation of GBR

  • Transport Secretary confirms government’s support for the next phase of rail reform
  • Three key areas Mark Harper is keen to address: passengers, structure and the private sector
  • GBRTT will continue to work with the Department for Transport across all aspects of rail reform
photo - Hand shake

Get involved: Join GBRTT’s new Commercial Partnership Sounding Board

  • GBRTT is looking for senior leaders working in the rail and non-rail supply chain to join a new Commercial Partnership Sounding Board
  • The creation of this Board builds on conversations between GBRTT and the supply chain throughout 2022 about the role of the private sector
  • To express your interest in joining, read the criteria and complete the online form by 17:00 on Friday 27 January 2023