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Network Rail launches study into future of rail

Network Rail has today launched a study examining the future of the railway in London and the south east.

The study, which is open for consultation from today, looks 10-30 years into the future at the role rail travel will play in the British economy.

It draws a number of conclusions about improvements such as ensuring a minimum of three to four trains per hour at peak times and keeping journey times within 100 minutes.

“What we need to decide is how the network should develop to achieve economic growth, help reduce carbon emissions from transport and improve quality of life for people,” said Network Rail’s director of network strategy and planning Richard Eccles.

“This approach allows greater freedom of thought and is not constrained by current service patterns or cost and deliverability, though of course we will look at these issues in subsequent planning stages.”

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