An adaptive approach to major rail projects for the North and Midlands
In December 2020, the National Infrastructure Commission published its Rail Needs Assessment for the North and Midlands, to inform the government’s forthcoming Integrated Rail Plan. The Commission set out options for government based on three indicative budgets, and grouped sets of schemes into two broad strategic outcomes - those which prioritise regional links, and those which focus on longer distance links. Bridget will discuss the Commission’s key findings on the relative benefits of these approaches and how they might contribute to boosting economic growth across the North and Midlands.
The 'new commuter' is key to fast regional rail recovery
The pandemic has resulted in changing travel behaviour and “the new commuter”. Jody Ford, COO and soon-to-be CEO of Trainline, shares how understanding this new behaviour, and innovating the regional rail experience to reflect it, is key to fast recovery.