Old, overcrowded and underfunded: it is time to overhaul our railways

Old, overcrowded and underfunded: it is time to overhaul our railways

Trains move people and goods safely and cost-effectively – so now is the time to invest more in our creaking infrastructure

Every January commuters like me are subjected to the annual increase in the cost of train fares – just what we don’t need after an indulgent Christmas when our finances are already feeling the pinch.

Over the past 20 years the UK rail network has seen a 116% increase in passenger usage and a 34% rise in use for freight. Network Rail’s own market analysis expects passenger travel to double again over the next 30 years.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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