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01. 09. 2020 10:09

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The railways: Who does what and how does it all work?

A new briefing paper, published today by the House of Commons Library, sets out everything the lay-person needs to know about railways and how they link in with other transport modes.

Written specifically for Members of Parliament and their staff, the 20-page document is an easy-to-use guide, packed full with links to the detailed aspects - and will be of interest to anyone who is confused about current railway policy and structure.

House of Commons Railways briefing paper

It is a compilation of regularly asked questions about rail-related issues, with topics that are often the subject of enquiries by MPs, usually on behalf of their constituents.

It covers the following issues:

  • Who runs the railway and how it is structured across the nations of the UK
  • The Williams Review on the future of rail
  • Infrastructure schemes such as HS2, Crossrail and Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • Getting a local rail scheme off the ground and finding funding for a local station
  • Decarbonising rail travel and tackling noise pollution
  • The impact Brexit will have on rail
  • Service reliability and performance – including penalties for poor performance
  • Making complaints about a rail service and claiming compensation
  • The rights of passengers with a disability
  • The cost of rail travel

Find out more: Download the Briefing Paper here (go to the bottom of the page)

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