The independent review into barriers preventing alternative project delivery models on Britain’s rail network, chaired by Professor Peter Hansford, today issued a Call for Evidence.

The Hansford Review has been tasked by Network Rail CEO, Mark Carne, with exploring all barriers to innovation and project delivery that prevent or discourage third parties from investing in, and delivering, rail infrastructure projects. Operating independently of the Network Rail Executive, the Hansford Review will make recommendations directly to the NR Board.

Due to report in Spring 2017, the Hansford Review is inviting all interested parties to submit initial evidence by Tuesday 31st January.

Submissions can be made via email to:

All submissions will be treated as private correspondence between the contributor and the Review Chairman, and any content subsequently utilised within the Review’s report will be anonymised and unattributed.

Professor Hansford also announced today a panel of six industry leaders who will support his review.

The panel members of the Hansford Review are:

  • Alistair Gordon – Chief Executive Officer, Keolis
  • Andy Milner – Chief Executive Officer, Amey
  • John Smith – Managing Director, GB Railfreight
  • Matthew Symes – Partner, Concerto
  • Mike Gerrard – Independent Expert
  • Zara Lamont – Performance Improvement Director, Carillion

Professor Peter Hansford said: “I am pleased to announce the composition of the Panel that will support and advise me in my Independent Review.  I am confident that their breadth of experience will assist me in reaching a balanced view of the issues relating to third party investment and delivery from all relevant parts of the industry.  I very much look forward to working with them.”

Referring to the Call for Evidence, Hansford said:

I would encourage all interested parties to make their submissions to me, in confidence, by the end of January so that I can take their views into consideration.

To ensure the independence of the Hansford Review secretariat services will be provided by the Nichols Group and communications support by Rail PR.


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For further information on the Hansford Review please contact Rupert Brennan Brown on 07973 950 923 or via email: