Call for Evidence

The railway has long played a vital role in Britain’s economic and social development. For 200 years, it has connected people with places, moved goods and services, and supported the growth of businesses and regions. Yet, despite its distinguished past and valued present, the full potential of rail is yet to be realised.

In May 2021, the government announced its plans for the biggest reform to the railway in three decades, in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, including a commitment to develop a sector-wide, long-term strategy for rail: the Whole Industry Strategic Plan. 

The Strategic Plan, produced for Ministers, will be the first strategy of its kind, a 30-year high-level plan shaped by a set of strategic objectives that have been developed for the benefit of our passengers, freight users, taxpayers and staff, to support Britain’s nations, regions, and communities to achieve their goals, and to benefit the economy and the environment for the long term.

The call for evidence will help shape the Strategic Plan and the future of the railway, and we want it to be informed by as many different perspectives as possible. It is open until 4 February 2022, and we encourage everyone with an interest in our railways to share their views and evidence. Together, we will create a simpler, better railway for everyone in Britain.

We recommend you read the Call for Evidence launch document – which contains the Call for Evidence questions – in full before submitting your response.

When you’re ready to share your views, please complete our Call for Evidence form online. You can also submit a response via email to

Call for Evidence launch document as a web page.

If you prefer to read the call for evidence launch document as a PDF, please choose one of the options below:

Call for Evidence document as a PDF in English
Call for Evidence document as a PDF in Welsh

If you prefer to download the Call for Evidence and share your views via email, please choose one of the forms below, and send your completed form to

* Response forms updated with confidentiality statement: 6 January 2022, 15:40


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