Conor Murrells – GBRTT

Company: Great British Transport Transition Team

Role: Senior Freight Strategy Specialist

Conor is currently on his secondment with GBRTT: he works in the Rail freight Team which has been tasked with delivering industry reform for rail freight. His area of focus is developing strategic advice to inform decision-making across the sector, most notably the industry’s long-term rail freight growth target. This involves understanding the needs and priorities of a wide range of stakeholders, including the Department for Transport, Freight Operating Companies, and end customers who use rail as part of their business operating model.


There are not any specific qualifications needed, but of course an understanding of the freight and logistics sector is important. In particular, the role of rail freight and how rail integrates with other transport modes. I would say that report writing, effective communication, and relationship management skills are essential for the role.


Conor started his career at Network Rail in Train Planning which he found on a local job website. He was responsible for planning passenger services for operators on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route. His favourite thing about his role is the exposure to both the private and public sector elements of the freight and logistics sector. Conor also loves how passionate people are about the sector and how willing they are to share their knowledge.


Without a doubt, the highlight of Conor’s career so far has been the Government announcing the Rail Freight Growth Target. He is proud to have led this work for GBRTT and grateful for the opportunities it created: it led to his nomination for the RFG Young Rail Professional Award!