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New toolkit could lead to more efficient rail projects

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The Better Value Rail (BVR) Toolkit has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT), Network Rail and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to bring together the best ideas for rail projects and make the delivery of transport infrastructure projects faster and cheaper.

An online space that those sponsoring rail projects and their advisors can use to help make the right decisions early on in rail projects, the BVR Toolkint is intended to help deliver projects more quickly, save money and make sure that rail is the best fit for any given project.

Industry leaders describe how the Better Value Rail Toolkit will benefit those developing railway infrastructure projects.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Rail Minister.

In announcing the initiative, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “This is a brilliant new website that brings together the best thinking and ideas from across the rail industry and allows everyone to access it.

“We have created a toolkit for early-stage thinking that will make the delivery of transport infrastructure projects faster and cheaper as we build back better on our railways.”

Andrew Haines, Network Rail.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines added: “The Better Value Rail toolkit has been developed based on listening extensively to stakeholders about how we can provide clear advice and support, be easier to do business with and help ensure focus on schemes that have a good chance of being delivered.

“That’s why we believe the toolkit will help us turn good ideas into great schemes, delivering for passengers, local communities and the taxpayer.

John Larkinson, ORR

John Larkinson, chief executive of rail regulator the ORR, commented: “We have to make sure that money available to develop new rail schemes is used wisely. I’m pleased that the rail industry has worked closely together here, and as a joint team, to help people develop projects.

“The toolkit is a one-stop shop to help make better decisions earlier and identify the right solutions to drive better value by saving time and money.”

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