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Straight answers: What is the Williams Review?

The independently chaired Williams Review was launched by the government in 2018 to look at the way the whole rail industry is structured. The industry itself called for such a root and branch review.  

The review was necessary because, having achieved much over the last 20 years, it was increasingly apparent that the way the railway is set up and how train contracts are let isn’t working properly. Society, travel and the economy look very different compared to the mid-1990s when the current structure was put in place. 

In its submission to the Williams review, the rail industry put forward bold proposals for generational reform to enable the best of the public and private sectors working together to deliver more for passengers, communities and the economy.  

Read the industry proposals for change

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