From Monday 24 October, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and the Rail Delivery Group will be adopting the single name of Rail Delivery Group.

Until now, ATOC and the Rail Delivery Group have operated under two names, with the former delivering services to train operators such as the Rail Settlement Plan; National Rail Enquiries; Rail Staff Travel; and, schemes covering passenger train operations, engineering and major projects. The Rail Delivery Group provides policy and communications functions representing the views of train operator owning groups, freight operators and Network Rail.

The name change does not affect how the activities carried out previously under the ATOC name are funded.

It follows feedback from stakeholders, members and staff and aims to provide greater clarity about the wide range of services provided by the Rail Delivery Group. A single name will better support the organisation in delivering its common purpose of enabling rail companies to succeed in delivering a successful railway and help it to provide a strong voice for all its members, and for passenger and freight operating companies respectively.

As part of the changes the Rail Delivery Group has refreshed its logo to capitalise on the customer facing brands delivered by the organisation – National Rail and the Britain Runs on Rail campaign.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said:
“This is an important development for our organisation. The Rail Delivery Group has a key role to play in bringing the industry together to address the tough challenges it faces and ultimately, in enabling rail companies to succeed in delivering the great railway we all want. To best fulfil that role it’s important that our stakeholders and members have a better understanding of the broad range of services we provide and that means having a single name.”