Transport experts have revealed that the decades of neglect on the railway cannot be rectified by short term Government investments.
Ministers recently announced a billion pound investment into infrastructure projects across the country, including Crossrail and HS2.
In a new book, Professors Jon Shaw and Ian Docherty have said these measures do not address the fact that the UK is still behind Europe in terms of its rail system.
They say investment will need to be sustained if UK passengers are to experience the same levels of comfort enjoyed by their continental counterparts.
It’s true we’re seeing impressive levels of investment in the railways at the moment – more than I can ever remember, actually – but there was no real alternative given how little we’ve spent in the last decades. At least this year passengers see some relief as regulated fares will rise only in line with inflation, but we’re still getting appalling value for money. Let’s not let this piece of good news deflect from the fact that further increased investment will be needed to ensure our rail network is fit for purpose in the future.”
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