A Route Supervisory Board has been formed in Anglia to drive forward improvements on the rail network in the region.
This dedicated board, formed of senior executives, has the ultimate aim of finding a “one-rail” approach for passengers, operators and infrastructure owners when it comes to planning and delivering services on the rail network in Anglia.
This cross industry board is made up of stakeholders representing the whole spectrum of parties with a vested interest in the rail network of Anglia.
All of Network Rail, the passenger and freight operators in the region, and Transport Focus will all have senior representatives on the Route Supervisory Board.
It will be chaired by Arthur Leathley who has more than 15 years experience in the sector, is currently on the board of Transport Focus and is also chair of London TravelWatch.
As a result, he is has all the experience needed to help improve passenger experiences in Anglia.
He said: “There has been huge investment and hard work put into improving rail travel in the Anglia region recently and so it is an exciting time to really focus attention on customers as new trains and timetables come into service over the next two years.”
It is hoped that, by the support of an experienced independent chair and this industry representation, the efficiency of the rail network in the area will be improved because decision making will be much more effective.
Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, James Burles, added: “We’re pleased to play our full part in the new Anglia Route Supervisory Board. As the main passenger train operator for East Anglia, we are embarking on a £1.4 billion investment programme to replace every single one of our trains with brand new trains during 2019/2020, to give customers, communities and the wider region a transformed service, which also supports economic development.
“Other passenger operators and the freight operators are making improvements too, so by us all working closely together with Network Rail, aided by the new supervisory board, we can help maximise the benefits of the upgrades for passengers and ensure we are continually improving all aspects of the train services we offer – including rolling stock reliability, rail infrastructure performance and timetabling.”
The first meeting of the group will be held in May.