Comment on the 2017 Autumn Budget

Commenting on the Budget, Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to enable a better railway, said:

“This budget underscores how crucial rail is to the future of the economy in every corner of the country. It is good news that there is support for local decision making, and investment in skills and infrastructure, particularly in the North of England. That is why the partnership railway has produced a long-term plan which will help to boost productivity and balance the economy by enabling more people, communities and businesses to benefit from the opportunity that train travel opens up.

“It is also good news that the government has chosen to build on the forthcoming trial of the 26-30 Railcard by Greater Anglia on behalf of the wider industry. A key commitment in our long-term plan is to enable more people to travel by train and that is why we developed this proposal”.

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