The Future of Rail post COVID-19

17/05/2022 - 17/05/2022




The Future of Rail post COVID-19


Stephen Hammond MP, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon

Champa Magesh, President – Trainline for Business

Andy Bagnall, Director General – Rail Delivery Group

Jo Lewington, Chief Environment & Sustainability Officer – Network Rail

Tony Lodge, Research Fellow – Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)



Just over two years ago, the United Kingdom went into its first national lockdown and overnight, rail was challenged by flexible working from home – a trend now set to persist. Today, the sector must seize the opportunity to adapt to passengers’ new demands for flexibility or risk serious decline.

In an upcoming report, the CPS investigates the future of the railways, what has changed since the pandemic and what the UK rail must do to respond to new passenger demands for freedom and flexibility, and what it risks if it doesn’t.

To mark the launch of the report, we are delighted to welcome Stephen Hammond MP, Champa Magesh, Andy Bagnall, Jo Lewington and Tony Lodge to dissect and debate the future of rail and how to best invest in the sector to boost the economy, meet environmental targets and ensure customers’ demands are being met.

Tuesday 17th May
13.30 – 14.30

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