Featured story18 May 2016
Updated sustainability principles designed to place the rail industry at the heart of Britain’s economy have been launched today by Rail Minister Claire Perry MP.
Originally released in 2009, the ten Rail Sustainable Development Principles are designed to explain the key areas where rail has a role to play in the economy, environment and wider society. They have been updated by RSSB, in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, to reflect the significant progress Britain’s rail sector has made since then and to take into consideration new challenges that now face the industry.
Rail Minister Claire Perry said, “Using the railways can be one of the greenest ways to travel, however there is always much more to do to deliver the railways of the future. To continue improving journeys for passengers, we need to consider the way rail integrates with other forms of transport, the sustainability of our workforce, and the changing demands of rail users. These principles will become part of every future rail franchise competition and I look forward to seeing the ideas that the industry contributes”.
Sustainable development on the railway means more than just improving environmental performance though, according to the head of RSSB’s sustainability programme, Anthony Perret. “A sustainable railway is one where costs are kept under tight control and efficiency is more than an objective; it’s embedded in its culture. Long-term planning and a willingness to embrace technology are also key elements of sustainability, as is having a motivated workforce focussed on giving customers what they want”, he said.