Angel of the North

Inquiry into rail capacity

01 March 2012

ANEC responded to the inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail into Rail Capacity. This inquiry sought to establish the future capacity needs of Britain's railway infrastructure, along with the most appropriate means of addressing these requirements to deliver an efficient infrastructure which fulfils the demands of the UK in the 21st century.

ANEC's written evidence highlighted that there is a need for capacity improvements to conventional rail infrastructure. It also reinforced the importance of the North East being linked to a high speed rail network as stated in previous submissions to the House of Commons Transport Committee and the Department for Transport's consultations.

The submission also noted that, as the economy grows, it will be vital to ensure that there are improved north-south links as well as enhanced connectivity within the North East.

Rail demand has grown significantly in recent years and this pattern is expected to continue, meaning that a coordinated approach to improving rail capacity including classic rail expenditure, franchise management and rail devolution is crucial.

A report of the inquiry's findings is expected to be published in May 2012.

View the full ANEC consultation response