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.
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)