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Government is committed to growth in rail transport


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Government is committed to growth in rail transport
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date
29 June 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release

note News Release 454


Rail will enjoy a win, win scenario over the next ten years as Government figures predict record growth in rail freight and rail passenger numbers.

Welcoming the arrival of EWS's 250th new Class-66 freight locomotive at London Victoria, Mr Prescott pledged that railways would play a central role in next month's Ten Year Plan for Transport which would look to overhaul Britain's ageing and overworked rail network.

Mr Prescott said:

"In the last three years the railways have enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth in terms of passengers and freight. That is set to continue, providing a major transport backbone to the UK. The Ten Year Plan for Transport will include measures for delivering at least 75% more rail freight movements saving 1 billion lorry kilometres, and a 50% increase in rail passenger journeys.

"Under our Ten Year Plan for Transport the railways will benefit from the Government commitment and strategic planning that was missing from the fragmented rail network we inherited following privatisation. Our plans for future investment in the railways are subject to the outcome of the Spending Review 2000, and will be detailed in July's transport plan.

"At last month's rail summit we saw steady progress being made by the rail companies but I said then that investment is the key to success. In the Ten Year Plan we will give the industry thatkey to unlock the benefits of a modern rail network and provide passengers with a safe, reliable and efficient transport system and provide business with a competitive alternative for freight transport."


Railways have enjoyed unprecedented growth since May 1997 with:

Passenger journeys up 17 per cent;
And rail freight up by 22 per cent.

The forecast growth for the rail industry is based upon modelling for the Ten Year Plan for Transport.

Notes to editors

The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was speaking in response to a Parliamentary Question from Peter Pike MP (Burnley).

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the level of investment in the railways, and if he will make a statement.

A: Our plans for future investment in the railways are subject to the outcome of the Spending Review 2000, and will be detailed in our forthcoming Ten Year Plan for Transport. We will set out in our Ten Year Plan for Transport a programme of measures for delivering at least a 75% increase in rail freight movements and a 50% increase in rail passenger journeys.


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