Rail Users back Councils’ Report – updated 28/3/13

A Report has been published by local councils calling on the Government to recognise the importance of railways to the economy of the far south west.  The Report is called The South West Spine.

The report has been put together by the five county and unitary authorities in
Devon, Cornwall and Somerset following recent flooding, when the far South West was cut off from the rest of the country.  It complains of a lack of investment compared to other regions and constant under-forecasting of passenger demand by the rail industry.  The result is too few trains, ageing rolling stock and overcrowding.

ALRUG endorsed the report at the Committee meeting on Monday 11th March, and issued a press release backing the report.

28th March 2013 – click here to read a report in the Express & Echo about the views of the Chairman of First Great Western’s Advisory Board on what needs to be done.

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