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About Tony Berkeley

Tony is a civil engineer whose career spans designing and building bridges, dams, ports and harbours and the Channel Tunnel, where he played a leading role in the construction and public affairs operation for 15 years. He was Public Affairs Manager of Eurotunnel from 1981 until the end of construction of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 and, before that, worked for George Wimpey plc on a number of civil engineering projects in the UK and overseas. From 1994, he led the Piggyback Consortium, developing new ways of carrying trucks on trains, before becoming Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, the industry body of the rail freight sector, from 1998 to 2018. He was a Board member and past President of the European Rail Freight Association, the grouping of private operators and other companies promoting European rail freight transport and its stakeholders active in that area through the complete liberalisation of the market: More recently, he helped form Allrail, a European representative body of private operators and other companies, primarily in the passenger rail sector, with similar objectives to ERFA, and remains a Board Member. He has many years’ experience in rail policy work, and has a wide knowledge of European rail freight and transport generally, the challenges across all member states and the need to find solutions to the funding, congestion, emissions and service quality of the transport sector. He was chair of the European Commission’s RU Dialogue Subgroup on access to rail facilities that provided the industry input to the legislation.
Tony Berkeley joined the House of Lords in 1994, firstly as a hereditary peer and, from 2001, as a Life Peer. He was an opposition Transport Spokesperson 1996-7. He is currently a member of the Goods Sub-Committee of the EU Committee looking at related BREXIT issues. For many years, he was secretary, and is now a patron, of the All- party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and is secretary of the All Party Rail Group and the Ports and Maritime Groups.Go He seeks to hold the Government to account in debates, written questions and other means, particularly on transport issues. His was a member of the Isles of Scilly Transport Board which campaigns for improvements to the transport services between the islands and the mainland, and he has supported many rail improvements in the South West. He has long challenged the Duchy of Cornwall’s status and structure with several private members’ bills in the House of Lords. He lives in the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall with his wife Marian.
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He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He speaks French and some German.