Trans03-04 Press Notice46

Rural Rail

Rural Rail

The Transport Committee will be taking evidence on its Rural Rail inquiry on Wednesday 10 November at 2.30 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 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 2.30pm Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) 

at 3.00pm Local Government Association

at 3.30pm Strategic  Rail Authority

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.

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Press Notice   46/2003-04   4 November 2004