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Examining the National Audit Office (NAO) Report on increasing passenger rail capacity

28 July 2010

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The Department for Transport published a 30‑year rail strategy in July 2007 stating an ambition for a railway that could handle double the 1.15 billion passenger journeys made in 2006-07. This was against a background of increased demand for rail travel: passenger journeys were up from 0.74 billion in
1994-95. While capacity has also risen, crowding is widespread at peak times to, from and between major cities. For example, in 2008 nearly half of all passengers arrived into London between 08:00 and 08:59 on services that were either full or over-crowded. Other cities also experience high levels of crowding at the height of the morning peak.

Wednesday 15 September 2010 at 3.30 pm

The Public Accounts Committee calls the following witnesses:

Department of Transport:

  • Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary

Office of Rail Regulation

  • Bill Emery, Chief Executive

Read the National Audit Office Report: