The RDG Board is the overarching governance body for all activities carried out by the organisation.
It brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2 to provide oversight of all activities delivered by the organisation on behalf of its members. It provides governance in relation to the voice for the railway as a whole and also for the railway as a whole but also for passenger and/or freight operators separately where necessary.
The Strategic Boards bridge the gap between the RDG vision for the industry and how that vision is delivered by the industry. They have been formed to give line of sight, alignment, and joining up of activities for all the groups chartered to them. They also provide a point of escalation that can determine between competing priorities and, if needed, can give direction to their chartered groups.
The Strategic Boards are:
In addition, the RDG Freight Board, TOC MD Group and Strategic Communications Group work across all the Boards.
Under each Strategic Board are 'chartered groups' (previously known as Schemes and Groups). These are generally made up of representatives from member organisations (i.e. train operators, owning groups, freight operators, Network Rail, Board members). In some cases, the groups may include representation from non-member organisations where there is value in having the expertise of certain external bodies represented on them.
Find out more about the chartered groups on the Strategic Boards page.
This group meets monthly, and focuses on the outputs of the organisation and the contribution to the wider industry.
The RDG membership comprises the passenger train operators and their owning groups, freight operators and Network Rail.
From our offices, we provide strategic and tactical services for the whole rail industry including:
ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) was set up after privatisation in 1993, to bring together all train companies to preserve and enhance the benefits for passengers of Britain’s national rail network. In 2011, it was joined by the Rail Delivery Group, which was responsible for policy formulation and communications on behalf of the whole rail industry. In October 2016, the two bodies merged to become one organisation, known as Rail Delivery Group.