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Railway of the future



The Rail Technical Strategy

What will Britain’s railway be like in 30 years’ time? What are our hopes and aspirations, what challenges do we face, and – crucially – how do we make our vision happen?

Finding the answers to these questions will involve everyone in the rail sector, and many partners, innovators and technologies from other industries as well. Working together, we can develop a railway fit for the next century, that:

  • Has the capacity to meet growing passenger and freight demand
  • Costs less to build, maintain and run
  • Is more energy-efficient, releases less carbon and protects our environment
  • Meets customers’ rising expectations and adapts to their needs

But like any long journey, we’ll need to know exactly where we’re going, with a clearly defined route. That’s why no fewer than 16 organisations, representing every part of the rail system, came together to create the Rail Technical Strategy.


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