Control Period 7 Strategic Business Plans

Our plans deliver what customers and society value most.

Our Strategic Business Plan (SBP) for England and Wales, and our SBP for Scotland’s Railway set out how we will deliver the best railway for the funding available for the next Control Period (CP7). This includes plans in operations, maintenance, and renewals of rail infrastructure and reflects over two years of work by our regions and functions. Throughout this process we have engaged extensively with funders, the regulator and industry stakeholders. 

A key input into building our SBPs has been the DfT’s December 2022 High Level Output Statement (HLOS) which set out what our railway is expected to deliver across England and Wales in CP7, and the Statement of Funds Available (SoFA) which detailed how much funding was being made available. Separately Transport Scotland issued its HLOS and SOFA in February 2023 to inform the development of our SBP for Scotland’s Railway. 

Our plans set out how we:

Focus on our customers

Putting passengers first by delivering a punctual and reliable railway. Improving passenger and freight customer experience with investment into our infrastructure so it can meet the needs of the future, including challenges caused by more frequent and extreme weather events.

Support all who use the railway

Our people are key to the delivery of a safe railway. We will equip colleagues with the skills they need to undertake their roles safely and effectively.

Support economic growth and connectivity

Our plans include investment in technology and research and development – targeting investment across the network and supporting reliable freight operations.

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Download region and function strategic business plans

Whilst our plans for England & Wales for CP7 have been developed as part of a single national framework there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each region and function respond to their own unique circumstances and challenges, reflecting the priorities of stakeholders locally.

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