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The APPG for High Speed Rail is a cross-party group of MPs who believe that Britain needs a modern high-speed rail network. The group’s objectives are to raise awareness of the need for high-speed rail among parliamentarians and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on high-speed rail.
The APPG releases the report of its findings from its inquiry into Britain's rail capacity. The key findings of the report are
The key conclusions of the report are:
- The rail network is close to being full. At the current time, we are hitting passenger projections that were predicted in a decades’ time.
- Growth has continued despite the recession. The railways are seeing substantial growth at over 5% even in the midst of a recession.
- Alternatives to HS2 will not meet demand. These alternatives, known as Rail Package 2 or 51m’s “Optimised Alternative”, are unable to meet peak demand, and would do little to help local services or freight.
- Risk of under-providing is greater than over-providing. The risks to under-providing capacity are severe, and are far more serious than the risks of overprovision.
The report is available to download here.
The press release accompanying the report can be viewed here.
We held a launch for the APPG report at the House of Commons. Below are a couple of photos from the event.