23 January 2021
Welcoming the announcement of Government funding towards East West Rail and reopening the Northumberland Line, as well as the next round of the Restoring Your Railway 'Ideas Fund', Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"The Government clearly recognises the vital importance of rail in enabling a green, fair recovery. Now is absolutely the time to turn around the disastrous Beeching cuts: the future of transport must be sustainable, it must be inclusive and accessible to all, and that means linking up many more communities to all of the benefits that rail brings.
"We're calling for much more investment in projects like this, while cautioning the Government and Network Rail to keep a close watch on costs to enable rail investment to go as far as possible."
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Notes to Editors
The Government's announcement of '£794m investment to boost rail links in North and South' is on its website.
Campaign for Better Transport's 2019 report, 'The case for expanding the rail network', calls on the Government to set aside in the region of £5 billion for delivering a programme of rail reopenings. This could deliver at least 33 reopening schemes with 72 new stations and 343 miles of reinstated passenger service miles over 25 years.
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).