Three experts explain how rail and air travel improvements can power growthby Steve Double, Adam Marshall, Sophie Dekkers / December 20, 2017 / Leave a comment
Transport infrastructure is key to powering prosperity post-Brexit
Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay and member of the Transport Select Committee
Rail is an increasingly critical part of the national infrastructure that will ensure Britain’s economic prosperity post-Brexit.
Demand for rail travel has surged over the past 20 years. More journeys are being made today than at any time since its peak in 1919. As a result, our rail services are facing huge capacity challenges and passengers are often having to use outdated rail links.
In response, last month The Department for Transport (DfT) released its vision for the UK’s railways. “Connecting people: a strategic vision for rail” outlines the government’s plans to invest almost £35bn by 2024 and create a “one team” approach to rail transport that will improve services and ease capacity demands.
But if our infrastructure is to power prosperity post-Brexit, we can’t take a siloed approach. A vision for rail must be considered alongside that for road and airspace too. Let me explain why.
As Britain navigates its exit from Europe, our airports will play a critical role in ensuring our competitiveness on a global stage.
Rail is invaluable in helping airports grow. Good links make it quicker and easier for people to travel for leisure and business. But currently, rail links, especially to regional airports, are not adequate.
London Luton Airport (LLA) is a prime example. It is London’s fastest growing airport and can help towards providing the extra capacity Britain needs to mee…