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The case for expanding the rail network

Report cover and pagesReopening a disused rail line can transform an area, boosting the local economy, creating better places to live and reducing carbon emissions. But despite hundreds of reopenings being proposed, few reach construction. 

Our January 2019 report, The case for expanding the rail network, calls for a national programme of rail reopenings and identifies 33 disused lines that should be given first priority. Using a new methodology we rated lines both for their viability and for the social, economic and environmental benefits they would bring if reopened.

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