REOPENING 33 sections of railway across Britain could bring 500,000 more people within walking distance of a main line station, generating an extra 20 million journeys every year, according to a new report by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).
At an estimated overall cost of between £4.76billion and £6.39bn, 343 miles of passenger railway could be added, employing 166 miles of reopened route and 177 miles of freight-only lines upgraded to passenger standards.
Projects across England, Wales and Scotland would be implemented in two phases, with Phase 1 between 2020 and 2025 costed at £1.28bn and £1.81bn, and the more complex
longer-term schemes costing between £3.48bn and £4.58bn, following between 2025 and 2035.
Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- Storm Christoph: PM chairs Cobra meeting, rail services disrupted - 20th January 2021
- RAIB: Train sped through 5mph restriction zone at 45mph near Beattock - 20th January 2021
- Network Rail donates laptops for school pupils during lockdown - 20th January 2021