Network Rail; "Planning for the future of railways in London, the South East and beyond"

"The London and South East market study just published represents a new style of research designed to look 10 to 30 years into the future, looking at the wider role rail travel plays in Britain’s economic life."

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"Currently, more than 70 per cent of all rail journeys in England and Wales take place in London and the South East. Open to consultation from 25 April 2013, the final version of the study will help form the basis of where the region’s rail travel will go, in the 2019 – 2024 period and beyond.

"Richard Eccles, director of network strategy and planning, said:
"This is part of our new approach to planning, which looks at the role that rail plays in the economic life of Britain.

What we need to decide is how the network should develop to achieve economic growth, help reduce carbon emissions from transport and improve quality of life for people.

This approach allows greater freedom of thought, and is not constrained by current service patterns or cost and deliverability, though of course we will look at these issues in subsequent planning stages."

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