Policy paper

Delivering a sustainable railway: white paper CM 7176

Remit the government set itself in 2005 to provide strategic direction for the rail industry.

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government



The white paper ‘Delivering a sustainable railway’, published on 24 July 2007, fulfils the remit the then government set itself in 2005 to provide strategic direction for the rail industry.

The Railways Act 2005 places a statutory duty on the government to set out every five years how much public expenditure it wishes to devote to rail and specify what it wants the railway to deliver, notably in relation to safety, reliability and capacity. The formal statement, including the High Level Output Specification and statement of funds available, is contained within the white paper. It covers the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014.

The white paper looks at the potential future challenges for the railway over a 30-year horizon. It identifies three long-term agendas for government and the rail industry working in partnership: increasing the capacity of the railway, delivering a quality service for passengers, and fulfilling rail’s environmental potential.

Hard copies of the white paper (priced £25) may be requested by telephoning TSO [0870 600 5522] or through the Parliamentary hotline Lo-call [0845 7 023474]. A free summary booklet may be requested by telephoning [0870 1226 236].

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Published 24 July 2007