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Multi modal recommendations unworkable - SRA

MANY OF the rail projects identified in the government's multi modal transport studies are unworkable, the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) told MPs last week.

SRA strategic planning managing director Jim Steer warned the commons select committee that these schemes 'might not be practical or cost effective.'

Steer claimed that the government would have to try and reach its 10 year transport plan target of upping rail use by 50% by making better use of existing rail capacity.

The SRA's forthcoming Capacity Utilisation Strategy is expected to radically change what is achievable on the network and focus more on 'getting the best out of what we have got'.

Steer also cast doubt on consultants' costings of the rail schemes in the multi modal studies. 'I'm sure there is uncertainty around these costs, ' he said. 'We have made it very clear to the study teams that they have been over ambitious.'

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