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Our Railway's Future
Starting a national debate about the future of our railway
Early in 2012, Network Rail Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite initiated a programme to gather the views of the British people about the railway and its future.
Workshops were held across the length and breadth of the country. Over 300 participants represented the views of different interest groups; commuters, small businesses, big industry and rural communities, non-users and engaged in a strategic debate about the future role of the railway.
The findings from these workshops have been compiled into a report called ‘Our Railway’s Future’. The report also brings together some new, expert voices discussing some of the key issues facing our railway's future.
"Short-term pain for long-term gain:building a foundation for the future."
Small business, Manchester
"We have good science and engineering in this country; we should use it."
"We need more than a trade-off between lousy services and high taxpayer costs."
Matthew Sinclair, The TaxPayers' Alliance
"At some stage we have to get ahead of the game."
Small business, Birmingham
The final section of this report offers a series of perspectives on the railway from leading figures in and commentators on the industry. Each of them discusses a different aspect of the future of the railway, from economic growth to social value, from freight to new technologies, from private sector funding to integrated transport solutions. In addition, leading industry bodies set out what they see as the top priorities for the industry going forward. Together they represent an agenda for debate on the future of our railway.
Download the complete 126 page report
Complete report: Our Railway's Future (16.0MB)
A short film about the workshops that were held