29 September 2011
Reponding to the publication of the rail industry's initial plan, Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport's chief executive, said:
"We welcome the industry's initial plan for the future of rail. However, the Government needs to continue to invest in the rail network, rather than row back if it wants to meet its objectives of securing economic growth and improving the environment. The savings outlined in the McNulty report must not be used as justification to reduce investment, but rather must be seized as an opportunity for continued improvements and providing a better deal for fare-paying passengers with simpler, fairer and cheaper fares.
"Key improvements we would like to see include further electrification such as the Midland main line to Sheffield, extra trains to deal with overcrowding, station improvements and continued railfreight investment to take lorries off the roads. We would also like to see selected reopenings of stations and lines to serve the sizeable towns not currently on the railway or badly served at present."