'Britain's Railway — Time for a New Radicalism'

Price, Damian
April 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Apr2002, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p15
Trade Publication
This article discussed the main points made by Richard Bowker, chairman and chief executive of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), at the 2002 Sir Robert Reid Lecture. He believes that the failure of the railway to deliver a safe, reliable and value for money service has been due primarily to the failure of strategic planning and effective management. He began to outline the proposed Capacity Utilization Strategy of the SRA and went on to outline the work streams and processes to be developed, which will be critical to the success of such a strategy. These are robust analysis, the role of the SRA in critical industry processes such as the timetable conference, the timescale required for such a CSU, the extent to which the SRA shift from the current London-centric radial plan to a more network-driven solution, consideration of the prioritization of certain flows over others, route specific capacity utilization guidelines, and the need to ensure change is possible, wherever change is needed. In the final part of his lecture Richard Bowker detailed his present changes and future plans for the organization of the SRA.


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