Britain Runs on Rail tells the story of today’s railway, its ever more crucial role in Britain and how money from customers and taxpayers is paying for the Railway Upgrade Plan, the biggest programme of investment since the Victorian era. Taxpayers are investing billions in the railway and passengers are paying an ever greater share of the day to day cost of running services.
Investment is needed to maintain and build the railway passengers want and the country needs and meet future demand because:
- Every day, more than 4.5 million rail journeys are taken by people to work, study or visit friends and family
- The rail network stretches across Britain, and supports over 210,000 jobs throughout the industry
- Over the last 20 years, rail use has grown more than any other type of transport in the UK
- Passenger journeys are expected to double again over the next 25 years
- Consumer rail freight grew 5% and construction traffic grew 10% during 2015
- Government investment has combined with commercial drive to create the safest and fastest growing railway in Europe.
Britain Runs on Rail takes this story to the public, raising awareness of how money from fares and taxes are being invested and why.
The Rail Delivery Group has worked with its members to develop this programme, including colleagues from passenger rail, freight operators, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. Find out more about the organisations that make up the industry:
- Train companies - the companies that operate passenger rail services
- Owning groups - the companies that fully or jointly own the train companies
- Freight companies - the companies that transport goods by rail
- Track and infrastructure - the companies that manage rail track and signalling systems
- Supply chain – companies that support the rail industry (link to Rail Supply Group)
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The companies that operate passenger rail services.
The companies that fully or jointly own the train companies.
The companies that transport goods by rail.
The companies that manage rail track and signalling systems.