The current franchising model is no longer sufficient enough according to the rail industry. As an alternative, multiple operators on mass commuter routes have been called for as well as for the sector to be controlled by a new independent body.
The submission was made by the Rail Delivery Group to the Williams Review where it became apparent that the rail companies were now calling for an end to short-lived fixes. The aim is to bring in a significant system upgrade for the railway.
The current franchising model would be replaced with the new proposal which includes TfL-style networks on mass commuter routes. This would allow local authorities to have control of commuter routes, manage timetable and deal with services in the same way as the current model in London.
As it stands, the franchise in place would be replaced with several different services that have been individually designed. Long distance routes would have a number of competing operators with other routers making use of public service contracts that are customer focused.
In charge of the industry would be an independent organising body. They would bring everyone together so that they all work towards delivering customer satisfaction.
The aim is to take the rail system forward with customers at the forefront of all that it does. This will make the rail system more accountable and more responsive to local communities. It would allow rail companies to deliver exactly what customers want in each area while enhances trust.
Published this summer, the Williams Reviews has seen many high-profile submissions. However, the new organising body would prevent the rail industry from being used in the wrong ways.
More changes could be seen after Virgin Trains made a proposal to abolish standing on trains. The aim is to bring in an airline-style model, while it had a modified franchise system that aligned itself with local government, in a similar way to the proposal made by the RDG. There is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution that works. As a result, the DfT would have to changes its role in the industry.