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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

The Future of Rail: The Opportunities of the Williams Rail Review (Manchester)

Time: Friday 19th July, 8:30 – 10:30 am

Location: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF

The Future of Rail: The opportunities of the Williams Rail Review is an event hosted by IPPR North and sponsored by RDG.

There is a broad consensus that the railways need to improve to meet the demands of the 21st century.

The Williams Rail Review has the remit to address this challenge. The Review will set out reforms to the organisation and commercial frameworks of the rail network. Its findings and recommendations will be published in a government White Paper in Autumn 2019, to be potentially rolled out from 2020 onwards.

The Review presents a significant opportunity for the North of England and its constituent towns and cities to take greater control over the rail network.

This event will consider those opportunities.

Key areas of discussion will include:

  • What does the North need from the Williams Review and what would this mean for northerners?
  • What opportunities are there for the Williams Review and the devolution agenda?
  • What do city regions like Greater Manchester need from the Williams Review?

Confirmed panellists include:

  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Helen Pidd, North of England Editor, The Guardian
  • Jennifer Williams, Politics and Investigations Editor, Manchester Evening News
  • Barry White, Chief Executive of Transport for the North

Places are limited, so please register to attend, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with IPPR North at north@ippr.org.

This event is held in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group.