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Response to Sir Roy McNulty’s review of rail

Responding to Sir Roy McNulty’s report on Rail value for money

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, which has set up a Commission to examine London’s links to the rest of UK and wider world, said :

“These conclusions bring a welcome focus on improving and increasing the vital rail infrastructure that links London with the rest of the UK. It raises the thorny question of increasing fares, which will be politically challenging, but given ten times more commuters arrive in London every morning than the UK’s next largest city, and three quarters of all train journeys start or end in the capital, getting the options right for London will be key”

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Notes for Editors

1.London First has established an independent Commission to examine London’s transport links with the rest of the UK and the wider world – rail, high speed rail, road and air. It will identify the constraints on the infrastructure and services that define London’s connectivity, and set out recommendations to tackle these constraints in the short, medium and long term.

The Commissioners are:

Chair: Peter Robinson – Chairman and Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Peter Damesick – EMEA Chief Economist, CB Richard Ellis
Chris Elliott – Managing Director & Head of Infrastructure Investing, London, Barclays Capital
Sir Adrian Montague – Chairman, 3i, Anglian Water and London First
Ruby Parmar – Senior Partner, PwC
Mike Redican – Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Francis Salway – Group Chief Executive, Land Securities
Andy Street – Managing Director, John Lewis
John Vincent – Director of Strategic Planning and Advisory Services, AECOM

2. London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

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