Brexit: plan for alternate realities, rail industry advised
The rail industry needs to adopt a pragmatic approach to Brexit, given the uncertainty of the final destination, according to RSSB.
Rail companies should ignore the political ping-pong and focus instead on how different outcomes could affect their own strategic goals, the industry body is advising.
With one year to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, it remains unclear exactly what impact Brexit will have, and what, if anything, will change to standards and regulation affecting the rail sector.
Rather than being drawn into the details of a possible “deal” and put too much focus into anticipating any particular upshot from the Brexit process itself, RSSB is advising its members’ leadership teams to take a more logical approach.
Instead, organisations should test and analyse their ability to meet six strategic challenges in a range of potential scenarios in the post-Brexit era. These include the ability to cooperate and influence, share information, access skills as well as the ability to align or differ with EU standards and rules.
RSSB’s Head of Technical and Regulatory Policy, Vaibhav Puri, explains: We simply don’t know what the post-Brexit world will look like yet. It might be tempting to fixate on a very specific risk or opportunity, but this may prove futile if things turn out differently to what was hoped for. A more complete and informed analysis of how different scenarios will actually impact your organisation and activities will mean you’re more prepared.
RSSB is continuing to help its members across Britain’s railways understand Brexit’s impact on standards and regulation, and is supporting public policy development, working closely with other rail bodies such as Rail Delivery Group, Railway Industry Association and Rail Supply Group on the issues.
Darren Caplan Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said:
"The Railway Industry Association welcomes the RSSB's pragmatic approach to Brexit in its report published today. Post-Brexit, the industry is clear that the UK needs to continue to be a place is conducive for rail suppliers, with access to skilled labour, as frictionless trade as possible and standards which maintain high safety levels whilst providing space for innovation. There are also opportunities from Brexit, specifically the role rail can play in future trade deals, allowing access to new markets for our world-class railway supply companies. We urge the Government to ensure the railway industry can play its part in developing markets overseas, for the benefit of UK plc as a whole.”