Public Sector Event

Where should decisions lie? The role of the Department for Transport in a modern railway system

Venue: Institute for Government

Date: 8 Jul 2019

Synopsis: The Government is due to set out its vision for the rail industry, including the way that passenger services are delivered. This is an important moment for transport in this country, and requires central government, local government and the private sector to work seamlessly together.


What should the role of the Department for Transport be in managing the railways? Who should be held to account when things go wrong? What is the balance between national and local priorities and decision making?

Panellists will include:

  • • Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the House of Commons Transport Committee
  • • Baroness Susan Kramer, former Minister of State for Transport
  • • Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group.

The discussion will be chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government. There will be an opportunity for audience questions.