One of the main deterrents to long distance rail travel in the UK is the difficulty of getting to an intercity station. British Rail is examining two main ideas for improving access to its intercity services over the next few years: 1) improved cross-London services to serve the large number of people living South of London. In the longer term, the potential for a major new link through central London is examined. Meanwhile, in 1986, it is intended to expand the current very limited operation via a route to the West of central London; 2) parkway stations with good road access and parking facilities to encourage travellers to leave their cars and continue their journey by rail. Sites close to the M25 are of particular interest. As well as being parkway stations, these could make it possible to provide a high quality bus or coach service to Heathrow Airport. These ideas are primarily intended to improve the financial performance of intercity business. The effect on operating costs and the potential for reducing costs elsewhere in the railway are both as important as the revenue benefit. In order to assess the likely revenue benefits from the proposed schemes, research was undertaken into several factors affecting rail traffic levels, in particular the impact of interchanges and access times. An attempt is being made to bring together these various aspects of research with the traditional framework for traffic forecasting so as to obtain a comprehensive methodology for assessing the revenue effects of schemes such as proposed in this paper. For the covering abstract of the seminar see IRRD 286719. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Transport Policy. Proceedings of Seminar K held at the PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, University of Sussex, England, 15-18 July 1985, Volume P267.
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  • Authors:
    • Segal, J
    • Todd, R
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  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 117-130

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  • Accession Number: 00457330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:01PM