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Long-distance rail study launched

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Network Rail has begun a consultation into the future of long-distance rail services in the UK.

The Long Distance Market Study will inform the development of long-distance rail travel over the next 10 to 30 years.

Richard Eccles, Network Rail’s head of strategic planning, said: “The goals of our study are to identify where rail can have the biggest effect on three key areas – namely enabling economic growth, improving people’s quality of life and reducing the impact of travel on the environment.

“Rail has a unique ability to offer fast and efficient connectivity for businesses and communities, while also being a greener, less carbon hungry form of travel.

“Only by planning many years ahead will we be able to keep trains moving and meet demand.”

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  1. Long distance services can only work effectively with a minimum number of stops and therefore, efficient timetabling will be absolutely essential. it would be pointless running, say, a Birmingham to Aberdeen service if was constantly held behind late-running local services and called at every other station en-route. Passengers travelling on such a service would want to reach their destinations at a reasonable hour – not be arriving late evening having left home after breakfast.

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