Full steam ahead: how will the election result affect UK rail passengers?

Full steam ahead: how will the election result affect UK rail passengers?

HS2 is here to stay but Labour could derail franchising policy and push devolution. Ruth Hardy looks at rail policy post May 2015

• The road ahead: how will the election result affect UK drivers?

How did you get to work this morning? For a growing number of people, the answer’s rail. After periods of stagnation, the UK’s rail network is now busier than it has been for over 80 years: between 1998 and 2011, the number of passenger journeys rose by 62%. It’s good news for the railway and train companies – but some parts of the network are approaching capacity.

Rail services can increase economic output by up to £10.2bn each year, by moving congestion off the roads and aiding productivity. And as climate change becomes an increasing concern, the environmental credentials of rail are key. So for the party – or parties – that form the next government, increasing rail capacity is a priority.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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