The case for investment in urban and regional rail

Merseyrail train
Where there has been investment, regional rail growth rates have been unprecedented

Regional railway demand has grown rapidly over the last decade despite limited investment. However, regional services are now beginning to feel the strain and a bolder approach is needed in order to maximise rail's contribution to economic growth. This section makes the case for why we should invest in regional rail and how this will be vital to the success of city regions.

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