The case for devolution of urban and regional rail

London Overground
To realise the potential of regional and urban rail remote control from Whitehall needs to be replaced by local control by cities and regions

Our ‘Rail Devolution Works’ report shows that devolution of responsibilities for urban and regional rail services works because local decision makers are closer to the ground in ensuring that local rail services mesh with wider local and regional plans for transport and economic development. As a result where responsibilities for rail have already been devolved we have seen higher customer satisfaction, more investment and rapid patronage growth. On this section of our website we set out the rail devolution success story so far and make the case for keeping up the momentum so that more passengers, cities and regions can benefit.

Related Documents

Rail Devolution Works

July, 2017

Our ‘Rail Devolution Works’ report argues that further rail devolution will enable other regions and areas to also radically transform rail services in a way that supports economic growth at the same time as improving the journey experience for passengers.

The report takes a detailed look at how devolution changed rail services for the better in Merseyside, on London Overground, in Scotland and in Tyne and Wear.


Destination Growth: the case for Britain's regional railways

October, 2015

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.