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Is Labour delivering a sustainable railway?

John Preston

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Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420732.003.0004
Is Labour delivering a sustainable railway?

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This chapter examines the Labour government's policy for railway transport in Great Britain. It suggests that the emphasis on sustainability largely reflects the government's desire to achieve financial stability and is less about achieving broader economic, social, and environmental goals. The chapter highlights the longstanding tensions between commercial and social objectives in the rail sector that have not been explicitly recognised. It suggests that rail can have a sustainable future but that it is not yet fully articulated, and suggests the latest rail White Paper should be seen as the starting point rather than the finishing line.

Keywords: railway transport; transport policy; Labour government; Great Britain; financial stability; White Paper

Chapter.  9154 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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