One railway today

Find out how we are working to deliver the most ambitious changes to our railway in a generation, in partnership with the government and the whole rail sector.

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What we are working on

Simpler, better industry processes

Regulatory and contractual rules are important and underpin a surprising number of the most basic railway functions. They control how the railway works together to carry passengers and goods safely and efficiently around the network.

We published recommendations on ways to improve and simplify industry processes and are now taking forward several key areas of work in order to achieve better outcomes for passenger and freight customers.

More about simpler, better industry processes

Rail freight growth target

Growing rail freight is hugely important to the wider reform of the railway. Using rail reduces carbon emissions by over 76% compared to using lorries, improves air quality and delivers economic benefits across the country.

Following the announcement of a rail freight growth target, we are now moving ahead with plans to build market demand for moving freight by rail and looking at how we can better support the supply chain.

More about the rail freight growth target

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Great British Railways HQ

Great British Railway’s headquarters will be in Derby. 

The HQ will be the anchor of a new rail campus across the city, building on Derby's existing reputation of railway excellence – as it already hosts Europe’s largest rail cluster, providing thousands of skilled jobs. Derby also benefits from well-established rail links to towns and cities across the country. 

More about the Great British Railways HQ

Our priorities

Great British Railways (GBR) will make the railway simpler and better for everyone.

Ahead of GBR being stood-up, we are bringing a ‘one railway’ perspective to bear on the challenges facing rail today. 

We are focussed on supporting organisations across track and train to work better together to start creating a railway that is: 

  • Brought profit and loss together across track and train at a national level to inform smarter investment decisions for operators, government and Network Rail, which has so far identified over £100m in cost reductions.  
  • Generated 2 million+ extra journeys and over £100m in additional revenue through leadership of initiatives like the Great British Rail Sale and Book with Confidence. 
  • Started work on a next generation of rail partnerships with the Greater Manchester and West Midlands Combined Authorities, to make rail decision-making more locally accountable. 
  • Began trials of flexible season tickets on Southeastern and started to expand single-leg pricing on London North Eastern Railway. 

Job opportunities with Great British Railways Transition Team

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance your career?

The railway in Britain is changing and this is your chance to get involved in the biggest transformation of the railway in a generation.