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Brexit and the rail sector: what does the future look like for UK-EU transport arrangements?


What opportunities and potential challenges does Brexit pose to the UK rail industry? What would ‘no-deal' mean for UK rail? How ready is the UK rail industry and the Department for Transport for the impact of Brexit on UK rail?

The House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee will hear from experts in the rail industry at an evidence session on Thursday 11 October, to investigate how leaving the UK will impact UK railways.

Giving evidence at 10.45am on Thursday 11 October will be:

  • Damian Testa, Senior Policy Manager, Rail Industry Association
  • Brioney Thomas, Partner, Burges Salmon
  • John Thomas, Director of Policy, Rail Delivery Group

Questions are likely to include:

  • What is your assessment of the Department for Transport's preparations for Brexit?
  • What are the key implications of no deal for the rail sector?
  • Is a future UK-EU relationship on rail necessary?
  • What might Brexit mean for the ability for UK and EU companies to bid in each other's markets for rolling stock contracts and rail franchises?
  • Are there any specific examples where divergence from EU rail standards would be good for the UK rail network?

The session will take place in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.  

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