08 Mar '18, 10am

What are our railways really worth? Understanding and capturing all the benefit.

New CBT research provides clear evidence that a strong railway can bring many good things. As well as good mobility, well-run train services improve air quality and help cut carbon emissions by getting cars off the road, support local economies by bringing people into town centres, can directly provide a hub for the community through smart use of building and land - and a lot more besides. These are much more than ‘nice to haves’ to be tagged onto a Cost-Benefit Analysis after things like ticket revenues have been estimated. Instead, they show precisely why investing in the rail network it is worth doing in the first place. As well as moving huge numbers of people and millions of tonnes of freight, rail is a central part of the kind of accessible, low-carbon, high benefit transport network the country needs. UN's Sustainable Development Goals, domestic planning guidance, t...

Full article: http://bettertransport.org.uk/blog/rail/what-are-our-rail...

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