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As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government has agreed to a Rail Sector Deal, demonstrating a commitment to make the most of the UK’s strengths and to develop the infrastructure necessary to support this.
The aim of this sector deal is to develop new, digital capabilities to support the railway in becoming an even stronger driver of economic growth and opportunity.
Sector deals bring the industry and the government together to boost the productivity and earning power of specific sectors. The rail sector deal recently agreed upon follows ambitious sector deals with the life sciences, automotive, construction and artificial intelligence sectors.
The government and rail industry will agree on a plan to increase efficiency, improve journeys and increase the sector’s capability to trade internationally. The deal was developed through close engagement with the UK’s consulting engineering sector and wider rail supply chain, and was supported by the major train manufacturers in the UK. This engagement has been led by the Rail Supply and Delivery groups, both of whom will be fundamental to delivering these ambitions.
The deal contains mutual commitments that will encourage innovation to improve passenger experience and provide confidence necessary for investment in capital and skills, while reducing the cost to the taxpayer of state-of-the-art digital rail control systems.
Furthermore, the deal will provide a common data platform. This will enable businesses to access highly useful data held within the industry to develop services and products to meet passengers’ needs. The deal also includes a pilot programme in the Midlands to attract further diversity and skills into the growing railway.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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