The Transport Committee will be taking evidence on its Rural Rail inquiry on
Wednesday 3 November at 2.45 pm.
Local and rural lines comprise 12.5% of the national network and include 17% of all stations. The service they provide can be slow, and low frequency. Nevertheless, they can provide important social and economic benefits for those who use them, and the areas in which they operate.
The inquiry is looking at
the importance of rural railways to the communities they serve;
the prospects for innovative approaches to the funding and management of such railways;
the prospects for traffic growth on such railways;
the impact of measures such as bus substitution for rail services.
The SRA has recently published a consultation paper on its strategy for community railways. The Committee will take into account the SRA’s objectives during its inquiry.
The witnesses will be as follows:
at 2.45pm Mr Ingemar Lundin, Director of Jönköping Lanstrafik
at 3.25pm Network Rail, and English Welsh and Scottish Railway
at 4.00pm ACoRP, Bittern Line and Wensleydale Railway
The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on
020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.
A further session will be held on 10 November. Details to be announced
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Press Notice 45/2003-04 1 November 2004