Think Tent 2020: Can the railways get back on track post-Covid?

Coronavirus has had a seismic impact on our transport networks. With a nationwide lockdown keeping people at home and a stalled drive to get people back to the office, passenger numbers on trains plummeted and recovery is slow. What does this mean for a rail network now reliant on state support? How can we get the industry back on its feet and are the challenges a blip or more long-term?

Syed Kamall (Chair), Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs
Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook
Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport
Chris Loder MP
Mark Phillips, CEO of the Rail Safety and Standards Board