The head of Britain’s Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has spoke of the industry being an ‘anchor in stormy seas’ as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.
The private body – which is made up of passenger and freight operators and Network Rail – has forecast that more than 100,000 jobs will be created in the industry in the next decade.
In addition, analysis from independent consultancy Oxera – commissioned by RDG – shows the industry and its supply chain contributes up to £10.4 billion in gross value added each year to the British economy.
In the first rail industry address following the election, RDG chairman Chris Burchell said: “We should be proud of our role as a major national employer. Ours is a genuine growth industry for skills and jobs.
“As we invest, we will create more long-term, secure jobs, and that means more opportunities, more taxpayers, more national wealth. This is what the railway is offering the next generation of young people thinking about their future.
“In an uncertain world and an uncertain United Kingdom, the railway – long the economic backbone of this country – can provide some surety, be an anchor in stormy seas, and help deliver the prosperity we seek post-Brexit.
“As the system expands, more jobs will be needed, and I am determined we will attract the brightest and best at every level.”