Friday, 21st May 2021

Temple welcomes the launch of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail to reform Britain’s railways

The government has unveiled the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, with proposals to create a new body ‘Great British Railways’, which will publish a comprehensive environment plan by 2022.

The government has launched its “Build Back Better” agenda and nobody doubts the challenges that our country faces as we recover from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. But how can these structural changes within the rail industry deliver benefits for passengers and freight, as well as for communities and the environment?

There are real opportunities for UK railways to do more to enhance local economic growth, supporting town centres and affected communities through a greater emphasis on place and social value. And in 2022, Great British Railways will issue an environment plan setting out clear commitments on carbon emissions, air pollution, biodiversity, waste, water usage, noise and vibration.

In this context, Great British Railways has a unique opportunity to redefine how railways are seen, planned for and used across the UK, with sustainable benefits for all.

Andrew Bryant Divisional Director, Infrastructure Projects and Programmes at Temple  said, “The commitment of the government to seek better environmental and societal outcomes through rail is to be applauded. The White Paper represents a “once in a generation” opportunity to create a step-change in how railways can define and deliver real benefit as part of the ‘Building Back Better’ agenda.”

As a trusted partner in the rail sector Temple is keen to add value to the UK railways supporting responsible development strategies that enhance biodiversity, build inclusive communities and encourage sustainable economic and social growth.