COMMUNITY RAIL

JERRY SWIFT argues that the legislative framework is in need of an overhaul

HOW TO SHIFT UP A GEAR

Community rail has been widely praised for reinvigorating many branch lines. But the promise of community rail, first identified by Chris Austin and others in the Strategic Rail Authority’s Community Rail Strategy of November 2004, has never been delivered in full. Despite designation and other attempts to deliver a reduction in infrastructure costs, the principal benefit of community rail in infrastructure terms has been the Harrington Hump, a pragmatic approach to achieving better platform heights without the costs associated with completely re-gauging low platforms. Surely we can do more than this.

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