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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

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

IPPR is delighted to invite you to an event on the future of rail and the opportunities of the Williams Rail Review which will take place on Tuesday 23rd July, 09.15am – 11.00am at IPPR, 14 Buckingham Street, WC2N 6DF. Please arrive at 09.15am for a 09.30am start.

The UK’s railways need reform. Keith Williams, who is leading the Williams Rail Review, has highlighted a loss of public confidence and trust in the rail network. He has stated that it is “flawed at a number of levels” and that while investment and journeys have gone up, it isn’t leading to greater passenger satisfaction. There is a broad consensus that the railways need improve if they are to meet the demands of the 21st century. 

The Williams Rail Review is therefore an opportunity to radically improve the rail network. The government’s vision is to achieve a world-class railway. To that end, the Review will look at passenger satisfaction as well as the broader environmental and economic context of rail. And it will set out reforms to the organisational 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.

This event will consider the opportunities of the Williams Review and how the UK’s railways can be reformed to change the way passenger rail services are delivered.


  • Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, Former Secretary of State for Transport
  • Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Transport Minister 
  • Florence Eshalomi, Chair of the Transport Committee, London Assembly
  • Geoff Hobbs, Director of Public Transport Service Planning, Transport for London
  • Andy Bagnall, Director of Communications, Rail Delivery Group
  • Chair: Luke Murphy, Associate Director for Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure, IPPR

To register for this event, please click the link below.

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