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Rural Rail

Rural Rail

The Transport Committee will be holding its final evidence session on its Rural Rail inquiry on Wednesday 15 December 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.

On 22 November 2004 the SRA published the Community Rail Development Strategy, developed in the light of responses to its consultation paper issued in February.

The witnesses will be as follows:

at 2.45 pm Office of Fair Trading

at 3.35 pm Department for Transport

               Tony McNulty MP, Minister of Transport

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  03/2004-05  8 December 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Committee