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Rail industry responds to HS2 strategic case


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Rail industry responds to HS2 strategic case
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The strategic case for HS2 (DfT, 2013)

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date
29 October 2013
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Responding to the government's publication of the strategic case for HS2, Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, said:

"Through the hard times and the good, demand for rail travel has boomed. There are a million more services and half a billion more passengers on the railway this year than there were a decade ago. By 2020, a further 400 million journeys will be made annually. There is a capacity challenge not just on the West Coast Main Line, but on the railway more generally. That is why we must plan for a network which can move more people and freight across the country safely, reliably and efficiently.

"Later this week, the Office of Rail Regulation will confirm a multi-billion pound programme for the next five years to maintain, renew and enhance the existing rail network. We will need to sustain such commitment in the longer term, and to look seriously now at options for new lines which can form integral parts of the network in future.

"We therefore welcome the vital contribution made by today's report in helping understand how rail can achieve its wider ambition to play a growing role at the heart of a modern, green economy."

ENDS


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