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Rail Delivery Group invites applications for Associate Membership of the Rail Delivery Group

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Rail Delivery Group

Rail Delivery Group invites applications for Associate Membership of the Rail Delivery Group

2 Apr 2013
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release

The Rail Delivery Group is inviting applications for Associate Membership of the Group.

Graham Smith, Director-General of the Rail Delivery Group, said

“As the leadership group for the rail industry the Rail Delivery Group is able to draw on the resources of its Members to pursue a range of priorities including improvements in asset management, the application of innovative technology and ensuring that the fresh approach to franchising provides benefits to passengers and taxpayers. We are also fortunate to be able to rely on the support of industry partners in undertaking our work including suppliers, manufacturers and the Rolling Stock Leasing Companies”

Graham Smith continued

“As the scope of the RDG’s work increases we want to bring in other organisations and companies to help us in our work and to contribute to the objectives of the RDG.”

The objectives of the Rail Delivery Group Limited include leading the rail industry in Great Britain through:

(a) Being the leadership body and collective voice of the rail industry on cross-industry issues; and

(b) Developing and issuing policies, strategies and plans for the rail industry; and promoting their adoption by industry participants.

These objectives will enable the Rail Delivery Group to advance the provision of a safe, efficient, high quality rail service in Great Britain for users and for taxpayers.

An application form is available in the formalisation section of the Rail Delivery Group’s website

Graham Smith concluded

“The Rail Delivery Group is pleased to invite companies and organisations that are able to contribute to the work and objectives of the Group to become Associate Members. By becoming Associate Members of the RDG, companies and organisations can make a material contribution to the achievement of the RDG’s objectives, which will, in turn, benefit passengers, freight customers and taxpayers”

Notes to editors

1.Rail Delivery Group Limited (RDG) brings together the owners of Britain's passenger Train Operating Companies, Freight Operating Companies and Network Rail to provide leadership to Britain's rail industry
2.The website of the Rail Delivery Group is
3.Postings to the website will be announced on Twitter @raildeliverygrp
4.The Rail Delivery Group can be contacted at and on 07515 627082
5.The priorities being pursued by the RDG are•Providing leadership to Britain’s rail industry;
•Being the collective voice of the rail industry;
•Developing policies, strategies and plans for the coherent management of the rail industry and advancing the provision of a safe, efficient, high quality rail service for users and taxpayers;
•Identifying opportunities to improve Britain’s railways through a new approach to franchising and other commercial initiatives;
•Embracing technology and innovation in the working environment to enhance the contribution made by one of the industry’s key assets, its workforce;
•Improving the asset, programme and supply-chain management of the rail industry through closer co-operation between Network Rail, operators and suppliers;
•Taking a proactive role in the introduction of innovative technology on to the GB rail network including smart ticketing, communications technology and the practical application of the ideas contained in the Rail Technical Strategy;
•Exploring ways to improve the efficiency of the industry structure through removing overlaps and duplications, introducing flexible commercial and contractual agreements within the industry, between industry and Government and between the industry and its suppliers;
•Building on the development of a rolling stock strategy to identify value for money opportunities in rolling stock provision and procurement;
•Ensuring that there is an awareness of key rail freight issues; and
•Continuing to lead the industry’s long-term-planning activities.

6.Membership of Rail Delivery Group Limited is

Director-General: Graham Smith
Attending meetings of Rail Delivery Group Limited: ATOC CEO, Michael Roberts


Director / Alternate

Dominic Booth (Director)
Jeff Hoogesteger (Alternate)

David Martin (Director)
Bob Holland (Alternate)

DB Schenker Rail
Alain Thauvette (Director)
Nigel Jones (Alternate)

Directly Operated Railways
Doug Sutherland (Director)
Michael Holden (Alternate)

First Group
Tim O’Toole (Director)
Vernon Barker (Alternate)

Peter Maybury (Director)
Lindsay Durham (Alternate)

David Brown (Director)
Alistair Gordon (Alternate)

National Express
Dean Finch (Director)
Andrew Chivers (Alternate)

Network Rail
David Higgins (Director)
Paul Plummer (Director)
Patrick Butcher (Alternate)
Robin Gisby (Alternate

Ian Downie (Director)
Jonathan Brown (Alternate)

Martin Griffiths (Director)
Sir Brian Souter (Alternate)

Tony Collins (Director)
Patrick McCall (Alternate)

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