5 November 2020
Responding to the Office of Rail and Road's annual statistical release on the infrastructure and assets of the rail network in Great Britain, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"It's great to see rail lines being electrified and new stations opened, but now we need to step up our game. Only 38 per cent of the railway is electrified: we need a rolling programme of electrification to meet the Government's net zero targets. And too many communities are unable to access the rail network: new or reopened rail lines and stations could transform these places.
"Now more than ever, we need investment in rail infrastructure - not just to enable more sustainable travel, but to create jobs, tackle social exclusion and help the economy to recover."
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Notes to Editors
The Office of Rail and Roads' statistical release, Rail Infrastructure and Assets 2019-20, can be read on its website.
Campaign for Better Transport recent report, Covid-19 Recovery: Renewing the Transport System, looked at how the transport system can be renewed as part of a green recovery programme.
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).