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Williams Rail Review

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Williams Rail Review: call for evidence, summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

The response to this consultation was included in the Williams Rail Review white paper Great British Railways: The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

The response was released on 20 May 2021.

Report providing a summary of the responses received by the Williams Rail Review call for evidence.

The report was published on 20 May 2021.

Original call for evidence


This call for evidence supports the Williams Rail Review.

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Call for evidence description

This call for evidence invites written contributions to the Williams Rail Review.

Review update 19 March 2019

On 19 March the Review published a series of evidence papers and its draft assessment criteria.

The Review invited public responses and views on the evidence papers until 30 April 2019.

The wider call for evidence will remain open until 31 May. You can respond to this at the link in the Summary section above. All responses will be considered by the Review team.


The review was established to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the delivery of the government’s vision for the railway. In the previous phase of the call for evidence, we sought views on how the Review can deliver:

  • commercial models for the provision of rail services that prioritise the interests of passengers and taxpayers
  • rail industry structures that promote clear accountability and effective joint-working for both passengers and the freight sector
  • a system that is financially sustainable and able to address long-term cost pressures
  • a railway that is able to offer good value fares for passengers, while keeping costs down for taxpayers
  • improved industrial relations, to reduce disruption and improve reliability for passengers
  • a rail sector with the agility to respond to future challenges and opportunities

The review is seeking evidence on how this can be achieved.

Published 6 December 2018
Last updated 20 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses and outcome released.

  2. Added questions relating to evidence papers.

  3. Clarified the closing date to reflect the fact that the evidence portal will remain open until the end of May 2019.

  4. First published.