Huw calls for accountability for the management of Rail Timetabling

Today, during the debate on Rail Timetabling, Huw asked a question to The Secretary of State for Transport. You can watch Huw's question here: and read below.



In the two years that the Secretary of State for Transport has been in post and I have sat on the Transport Committee, he has always been very honest, open and direct about the need for change. For any project management exercise to fail to get the sign-off from Network Rail and for it to find out only three weeks before, by which time it is too late to turn the oil tank around, has got to be a spectacular failure. Who was the project manager and penholder for this exercise?

Chris Grayling:

That is a very interesting question. My view is that the Network Rail timetabling process has gone badly wrong, and I cannot understand why GTR did not raise the alarm. I have asked Professor Glaister to go through all this because I want to understand exactly where the accountability should lie and be able to take appropriate action.