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Rail promises welcome but need to translate into reality on the ground, say campaigners

13 February 2018

Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the publication of Network Rail's business plan, but said it needed to be translated into real action on the ground.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This business plan is very welcome and the commitments to reduce delays and improve reliability will be supported by passengers and freight users - but the high level promises in this plan must be translated into real improvements on the ground.

“This plan concentrates on making the most of the existing railway, but we also need to see enhancements - more electrification and upgrades and new and reopened lines and stations. The Government needs to back up this plan with an enhancement programme that takes traffic off the roads, gives rail links to new housing developments and turns Ministers' fine words about reversing Beeching and removing diesel trains into action."

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

  • This is in response to the publication of ‘A better railway for a better Britain’ which is Network Rail’s strategic business plan for control period six, 2019-2024.
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).