Passenger Services Strategy Group (PSSG)

Providing an in-depth review of common issues around both recent and future franchising competitions.      


The purpose of the Passenger Services Strategy Group (PSSG) is to enable the development of an RDG position, clear messaging for engagement with officials, and support for political and strategic developments.


The PSSG will provide formal recommendations on policy and positioning to RDG, including:

  • Identifying areas where informed discussion and structured engagement may advance and influence the future direction of passenger train service procurement in Great Britain
  • Defining where RDG and PSSG can add value and support owner groups and industry parties in discussions on franchise policy and strategy;
  • Creating a more strategic framework for discussion that will enable the RDG and its members to respond quickly to changes in policy and strategic direction, and
  • Co-ordinating with other RDG work streams to integrate service procurement with cross-industry initiatives to improve affordability and value for money

Members of the Passenger Services Strategy Group

Chair: Charlie Hodgson (Go-Ahead)
RDG Lead: Richard Evans
Members: Colin Lea (Keolis), Elizabeth De Jong (RDG), Femi Ogunbiyi (RDG), Graeme Hampshire (Stagecoach Rail), Graham Botham (Network Rail), Hugh Clancy (First Group), Julian Edwards (Abellio), Lindsay Durham (Freightliner), Mike Nelson (MTR), Paul Furze-Waddock (National Express), Phil Whittingham (Virgin Trains), Roger Cobbe (Arriva Trains)

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