Rail Sustainable Development Principles

The railway is a sustainable, integrated transport system. It is effective, efficient and environmentally friendly. The railway helps passengers to access jobs, services, friends and family; it reduces congestion and transports goods. As expectations are changing, the rail industry cannot be complacent.

The Rail Sustainable Development Principles, developed by the industry, for the industry, set out a strategic vision. The Principles define what sustainable development means for the railway. They have been developed within the Sustainable Rail Programme with significant input from its stakeholders and endorsed by the cross-industry Sustainable Development Steering Group.

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