Rail market-led proposals

Guidance on how the Department for Transport expects to receive market-led proposals, and the process by which they will be considered.


Rail market-led proposals: guidance

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This guidance provides clarity on:

  • what the Department for Transport wants from rail market-led proposals to enhance the railway
  • the process by which rail market-led proposals will be considered

The guidance should be read with the Rail network enhancements pipeline which sets out the pipeline approach for enhancements.

Between 31 May 2018 and 31 July 2018 the Department for Transport held a call for ideas for proposals that are financially credible without government support. There was a strong response to this call for ideas, with the department receiving 30 submissions. The department has assessed these proposals and responded to promoters.

The Department of Transport wants to provide a sustainable future for the rail sector and open up the development and delivery of rail infrastructure to:

  • increase overall investment in the railway
  • relieve the burden on taxpayers and farepayers, where possible
  • open up the development and delivery of rail infrastructure to take full advantage of new and innovative ideas
  • create real contestability in the market

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Published 20 March 2018
Last updated 17 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Rail investment opportunity days for 14 May and 5 June 2018 announced.

  2. First published.