The Rail Delivery Group has published its blueprint for the future of the railway.
Britain’s Future, Britain’s Railway explains the role that the railway plays in people’s lives - taking people to work or moving half the fuel needed for the country’s power stations, for example.
The RDG says that the number of trains running has increased by over a quarter since the late 1990s, and that 1.4 billion punctual journeys are now made each year.
Some 110,000 more punctual journeys every day by 2019 are planned, with 92.5% of trains arriving on time.
It sees HS2 as benefiting two-thirds of passengers travelling between major cities, while new on-board signalling will allow trains to run closer together. The planned ‘electric spine’ is also mentioned, linking South Coast ports with the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
Quality of journeys is also covered: the RDG plans 170,000 more seats into London and 32% more seats into other major cities by 2019, rolling out smartcard technology to benefit 700,000 passengers a day and more smartphone technology to keep passengers informed during disruption.