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The capacity challenge

Meeting today’s challenges and futureproofing our railway

We’re always looking ahead. Passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years, and this unprecedented growth is set to continue.

Developing technology and looking to the latest industry innovations makes our work – and train journeys – safer and quicker. We’re the fastest-growing railway in Europe, as well as the safest and one of the most reliable.

Meeting the demand

Demand on this scale means there’s no space on the busiest parts of the network at peak times, which can lead to congestion and delays.

To deal with this we are in the midst of the biggest investment plan since Victorian times - our Railway Upgrade Plan. It is creating major new connections, transforming stations, allowing more seats on more frequent trains and improving reliability.

Click on the image to download a visual summary of some of the key challenges and opportunities that our plans are addressing in delivering a railway for the future.

Find out how we're futureproofing the railway to deliver better journeys for passengers

Railway Upgrade Plan

Our multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan represents the biggest investment programme in the railways since Victorian times.

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Digital Railway

Modern signalling and train control technology to increase capacity.

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Long term planning

Our long-term planning process (LTPP) strategy includes the views of our stakeholders on how the rail industry can drive and support economic growth.

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