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The CBI yesterday commented Sir Roy McNulty’s report, Realising the Potential of GB Rail.

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

“This report is an important step towards delivering the rail network we need at a cost we can afford. Rail is a vital artery for businesses moving goods and people around the country, and it must be affordable, efficient and reliable.

“But we will not see much-needed investment in our rail network unless the Government delivers on more flexible, longer-term rail franchises, and backs modernisation of outdated working practices on the railway.”

On the announcement of a new rail delivery group, chaired by Tim O’Toole, Chief Executive of First Group, Dr Bentley added:

“Business and the Government must work together to deliver the major reforms we need on the rail network, so this group will be crucial.”

Notes to Editors:
The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239 or out of hours pager on 07623 977 854. Follow the CBI on Twitter at: www.cbi.org.uk/twitter


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