Growth in passenger and freight traffic tests railways to achieve and maintain higher performance under pressure. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has generated new challenges, both in terms of managing the impact of the virus, and longer-term economic recovery.

In the years ahead there will be bigger commercial and technological challenges to rail, including the need to increase capacity and customer satisfaction, while simultaneously reducing cost and carbon.

The many different organisations that play a part in the railways are connected and dependent on one another through legal duties, contracts, procurement, relationships, and operation. Working in isolation is not an option.

This is what makes RSSB so valuable: we embody the common purpose and shared strategic outlook of the rail sector.