Far-reaching survey on rail services aims to improve

Railway station approach
Railway station approach

Network Rail is holding a consultation on radical proposals which could drastically alter the way the railways are planned and run.

Rail users are asked to give feedback with a January 31 deadline for comments.

‘Improving Connectivity’ is a long-term proposal to deliver improved rail connectivity across Britain, and requires a different approach to planning both the network capability and the train services which operate on it.

The consultation looks at major changes in infrastructure including providing additional platforms at stations and improving some stations to improve journey times.

Managing Director for Passengers Services for the Ministry of Transport Peter Wilkinson said, “Passenger numbers have been steadily increasing year by year by five percent or more, even during the recession. The growth makes it more challenging to keep improving the service as key rail corridors throughout the country are nearing capacity. It makes it vital to investigate new and innovative approaches to planning in order to make sure we are using our network in the best way to meet the needs of passenger and freight markets. A timetable that promotes more efficient connections between our regions is an essential ingredient in our ambition to put the needs of railway users first.”

Email improvingconnectiv
ity@networkrail.co.uk to take part.