Until recent years the passenger business in British Railways was always envisaged as a production problem, within a framework of an obligation to provide for all who wished to travel up to the limits of capacity. Commercial initiative was minimal, and, largely confined to ways and means of spreading the peak load through fares policy. When the railway had a monopoly of long distance travel this system worked well enough, although in retrospect we can see what opportunities were lost for development of the business by this negative approach. As business planning evolved it became the means not only of introducing the very necessary commercial initiative into the process of railway investment but of co-ordinating the investment schemes to best overall advantage. With the construction of successive plans there has emerged a long term strategy for the Inter-City passenger services. Coherent planning of Inter-City passenger services is along term project. A timescale ranging from five years at the minimum to 15-20 years at maximum is essential for projects being considered for the first time. Piecemeal improvements are of little use.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Smith, J G
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Accession Number: 00099819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM