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Response to Transport Select Committee Report

15 February 2010
Responding to today’s Transport Select Committee report on rail spending prioritisation [1], Campaign for Better Transport said the Government needs to heed the recommendations and come up with the extra trains and upgrading needed to tackle overcrowding and add new lines and stations to the network.

"There is an urgent need to tackle overcrowding – we need to have enough carriages to cope with growing demand  --  and  deal with pinch points like the Manchester Hub," said Richard Hebditch, campaigns director of Campaign for Better transport.  

"The committee supported our call for re-openings to connect new communities to the network, and we want Government to support this," he said.

"Given very tight public finances, the Transport Committee has also made the vital point that developing high speed rail proposals shouldn’t be at the expense of investment in our existing rail network. Lord Adonis needs to set out the Government’s commitment to the 'classic' railway when he publishes the white paper on high speed rail in March," said Mr. Hebditch.

Note to editor:  

[1]  House of Commons Transport Select Committee published the report on ‘Priorities for Investment in the Railways’, published on Monday 15th February 2010.