30 November 2017
RBA warmly welcomes the November 2017 publication of the Department for Transport’s future plans –Connecting people – a Strategic Vision for Rail.
Passenger numbers are now at record levels (up to 1.7 billion rail journeys each year) and demand is still rising. However, capacity on the network and the customer experience, are not where they should be to support a growing economy. This important DfT document sets out how £48 billion will be invested in rail between 2019 and 2024. There are no surprises in the themes set out in the strategy, but the key investment areas we at RBA particularly welcome are around:
RBA staff and associates are looking forward to working with DfT, Network Rail, other rail agencies, major engineering companies and train operators to realise the benefits that will surely come through this ambitious strategy.