RSSB has opened a consultation on the Sustainable Rail Strategy (SRS) Prototype, an initial version of the leadership plan that will shape an even cleaner and greener railway and is looking for perspectives from across the rail industry, including from community rail.
Britain’s railways are already the most sustainable way to transport large numbers of people and goods. However, there is still room for improvement. The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail identified the need for “a comprehensive environment plan that will establish rail as the backbone of a cleaner future transport system”.
The SRS will be that plan: the first industry-wide approach to sustainability, across environmental and social topics, which has been co-created with industry experts, led by RSSB.
This SRS Prototype is a vital stepping stone towards a definitive, final strategy for sustainable rail. It sets out clear, strategic sustainability guidance and a framework for alignment across the rail industry, showing where action is required to deliver on policy and meet the expectations of society.
RSSB’s consultation, on behalf of the Sustainable Rail Executive, is open until 15 July 2022, seeking feedback from industry and sustainability experts on the Prototype, its priorities, implementation, and effectiveness.
The finalised Sustainable Rail Strategy is expected to be published later in 2022 and will form a key input into Great British Railways Whole Industry Strategic Plan (WISP).
RSSB is encouraging responses from community rail partnerships and groups – the consultation survey form is fairly short and simple, and we recommend ticking no to Q5 about working in the rail industry. Read the draft prototype and access the consultation here.