Rural railways in virtually every part of Europe are facing difficulties, but also opportunities. While in most countries governments, backed by European Union funds, are supporting investment in high-speed rail, many rural railways have been starved of investment and some services have been withdrawn. Conventional wisdom say that there is no role for railways in serving low population density rural areas. Fortunately, such wisdom is being challenged, and rural railways in many areas are starting to enjoy a revival, thanks to the close involvement of local and regional government. Rural railways are necessary for the economic, social, and environmental health of rural communities, but their potential will not be met without the application of innovative strategies which will help guarantee their future. No single body is capable of turning round the fortunes of rural railways: it requires a partnership between rail operators, local and regional authorities, businesses, community groups, and other agencies active at the local and regional level. This article continues on the discussion of rural railways and their revival.

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    • Published in conjunction with the International Railway Congress Association (IRCA).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Kensington Publications Ltd

    111 Southwark Street
    London SE1 0JF,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Salveson, P
  • Publication Date: 1996


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  • Accession Number: 00728580
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  • Created Date: Nov 7 1996 12:00AM