Greengauge 21 was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The company was founded by Jim Steer, one of the UK’s leading transport sector specialists.
Greengauge 21 has no vested interest and is not seeking to be part of any direct beneﬁciary (construction company, operating company etc.). The company seeks to act in the national and the public interest, by carrying out research and bringing forward evidence so that a full and open debate on high-speed rail can take place.
The organisation has been conceived as an umbrella under which all those with an interest in high speed rail network can come together and openly and publicly debate the merits of alternative routes, priorities and technologies, alternative implementation strategies and the economic and environmental benefits for Britain.
The Director of Greengauge 21 is Jim Steer.
Jim Steer, the founder of Greengauge21, also founded the transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave in 1978. Jim was Managing Director there until 2002, when he took a three-year secondment to the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in London, as Managing Director, Strategic Planning. Jim returned to the consultancy in 2005 as a Director. He has thirty years consultancy experience, and is an authority on rail planning and policy, and on the experience in Britain of rail privatisation.
Since summer 2008, a large part of Greengauge 21’s work has been supported and funded by an HSR Public Interest Group which includes city councils, regional development agencies, transport authorities and rail organisations. A full list of members is set out on our Public Interest Group page.