23 January 2015
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication of 'Investing in the Railways' by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.
James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said
"Campaign for Better Transport shares many of the concerns set out in the Transport Select Committee's Investing in the Railways report. In particular, the Government needs to tackle the growing imbalance in the quality and capacity or rail services between the northern England and London and the south east. We will be publishing a report on Monday setting out how the Government can address this imbalance and invest more in railways in the North through the forthcoming Invitations to Tender for Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express."
1. Investing the Railways is available to download from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee website.
2. The Government is in the process of re-franchising Northern Rail and TransPennine Express rail services. The Department for Transport is due to publish an Invitation to Tender for shortlisted bidders shortly. This will set out expected terms of service under the new franchise, which is due to begin in 2016.