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.
Our new report, The Transformational Benefits of Investing in Regional Rail: four case studies, has found that investing in a typical range of different types of regional rail services would represent high value for money and bring significant economic benefits.
This report sets out the success of regional rail over the past decade and a half despite limited investment when compared to other rail sectors. The report then goes on to develop two hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate how investment in regional rail could deliver even greater benefits, significantly reducing subsidy and growing the benefits delivered to our city region economies.
This report shows how regional rail is allocated a disproportionate share of the railways' overall costs which distorts the wider debate about its value for money. The report sets out how an alternative fairer, more defensible and rational system would halve regional rail's share of government support.
A report for pteg by Transport for Quality of Life intended to help widen the scope of debate about regional rail by considering whether more thoroughgoing governance changes might offer greater benefits and whether these benefits are worth the potential risks and costs associated with deeper reform.