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  • Long Term Planning Process

  • The Long Term Planning Process (LTPP) is designed to facilitate the strategic planning of the rail network in a way which is flexible enough to take into account the views of the rail industry, funders, specifiers and customers on the requirements to develop the network to meet future demand through market studies, cross-boundary analysis and route studies.

    The process is taking the views of local stakeholders into account and incorporates their views on how the rail industry can drive and support economic growth, as well as giving passenger and freight operators the confidence they need to take their own strategic decisions in planning the future of their services. This process also fulfils our licence obligations to plan the future capability of the network.

    Initially we publish draft market and route studies, which are followed by a 90 day consultation period. The consultation responses help to form the final documents.

    Subject to any representations being upheld by the Office of Rail and Road, each market/route study will then be finalised 60 days later.

    After this the final versions are then published.