Transport Committee Press Notice

Delivering a Sustainable Railway

A 30-year Strategy for the Railways?


The House of Commons Transport Committee has announced an inquiry into the Government's new White Paper on Rail (Cm 7176), which was published on Tuesday 24 July 2007.

Committee Chairman, Hon Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, said:

"We very much welcome the Government's commitment to setting out a long-term strategy for the railways. It is crucial for both passengers and taxpayers that we get the strategy right from the outset, and the Transport Committee is therefore going to take a detailed look at the model proposed in the White Paper. We would welcome views about the Government's proposed 30-year strategy for our railways from passengers, the industry, rail workers and other interested parties."

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence by Tuesday 9 October 2007.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual. Please include the words "Rail Strategy" in the subject field.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:

Press Notice 51/2006-07
2 August 2007