Much as we like to complain about it, we are living in a golden age of rail travel in Britain. Passenger numbers are higher than at any time since the 1920s, with unprecedented and almost unrivalled growth. Of course, this creates its own problems with overcrowding and so on, but it is spurring record levels of investment; billions of pounds are being spent improving trains and stations, and opening new routes, up and down the country.
What those in power seem to finally be realising is the gist of this article below; that railways are all about people and communities, as are roads and bus services. People want to live near a station. They want to feel connected to work, leisure, friends and family. Great transport enables people and communities to thrive, and it is here where the true value lies, not just on an accountant’s balance sheet.