Network Rail has begun a 60-day consultation into the expansion of the use of tram trains, innovative ideas for electrification and extending community rail initiatives.
Feedback from the new consultation document Alternative solutions, draft network route utilisation study for consultation will help form Network Rail’s Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS).
Network Rail’s group strategy director Paul Plummer said to ensure “greater efficiency and cost effectiveness” in the railways it must be open to alternative solutions and we hope that this new study will prompt fresh thinking and debate”.
Feedback on the consultation can be registered here.
Tram Trains - The study suggest tram trains will be most likely adapted in cities with existing tram systems, for example Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Nottingham.
Electrification - The study looks at battery powered trains examining the potential size of the market and the rail industry’s capability requirements.
Community Rail Partnerships - The study’s draft conclusions state that current partnerships have had a positive impact and that the rail industry and funders would like more of them, altough they cannot be imposed.