Policy paper

Delivering a sustainable railway: a strategic direction for the rail industry

Looks at potential challenges for the railway over the next 30 years and identifies a long-term strategy for government and industry.

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

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Delivering a sustainable railway

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This white paper fulfils the government’s 2005 remit to provide strategic direction for the rail industry.

It looks at the potential future challenges for the railway over the next 30 years.

It identifies 3 long-term agendas for government and the rail industry working in partnership to:

  • increase the capacity of the railway
  • deliver a quality service for passengers
  • fulfil rail’s environmental potential

A formal statement, including a statement of funds available and the government’s high level output specification (HLOS), has been included as an appendix in this white paper. It explains what government expects of the railway from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014 in terms of:

  • safety
  • reliability
  • capacity
Published 24 July 2007