WHY WE NEED THE RAILWAYS - MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

The report outlines the environmental, social, energy and material resource arguments in favour of the retention and development of the British railway system. The growth of inland passenger and freight transport since 1950 and the effect of this change on the life of the country are outlined. The relationship between the government and British rail since nationalisation is set out. The railways Act 1975 does not make it clear whether the primary task of British rail is to maximise revenue, maximise passenger carrying and tonnage, or maintain network and level of service regardless of either. The second half of the paper considers firstly, the objectives the railway could have from 1975 until 2000, secondly, how they might be put into practice and finally, the level of investment the public must accept if the railways are to undertake a fully effective social role. The advantages of rail transport when compared with road transport on the basis of conservation of fuel, natural resources and space, of lower pollution levels and of safety are set out. The future roles of rail passenger and freight services are reviewed. On environmental grounds, the authors recommend a change in policy,with the railways undertaking bulk movement of basic commodities, trainload movement of company traffic and wagon load working over all long distance journeys. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport 2000

    9 Catherine Place
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137703
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM