A more secure railway

  • We know you want to feel safe when you travel by train. That’s why more than £14.5million has been invested in more than 33,000 cameras covering stations and trains around the country. Around 1,000 stations are now accredited under the government’s Secure Stations Scheme.
  • Train companies have also given more than £2billion in funding to the British Transport Police over the last ten years.

Cutting delays and congestion

  • A major bottleneck for passenger and freight services on the East Coast Main Line has been removed with the completion of the £47 million Hitchin flyover. That means fewer delays as a result of congestion and more services.
  • 1.4bn punctual journeys are made a year – up 600m compared to 1997-8.

Benefitting Britain

  • Up to one third of the 4% average annual increase in rail journeys since the mid 1990s has come from the changes to the industry model; combined with growth in freight, this was worth as much as £7.2billion to the UK economy in 2013, according to Oxera.
  • Total freight volumes have increased by over 80%, from 13.5billion net tonne km in 1995 to 24.2billion net tonne km in 2013-14.

Better passenger information

  • Millions of pounds have been spent by National Rail Enquiries, train companies and Network Rail to provide better passenger information at stations, online and over the telephone.
  • This includes around £10million spent by National Rail Enquiries since 2010 to improve its systems and to roll out information across social media.

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