London Assembly demands more rail investment

09 July 2007

A London Assembly report has called for major new investment in the capital's rail services to cope with future demand. Its transport committee said today that without more cash ‘the network will not be able to meet its requirements’.

The report pointed out that three quarters of all UK rail journeys start or end in the city – and that a third of those exceed the overcrowding guidelines – but says that London does not get an equivalent share of national funding despite being crucial to the economy.

The report calls for the capital to get a specific pot of money from the government's Transport Innovation Fund as well as extra business levies as an alternative means of funding. It concludes that ‘an integrated transport policy is essential for the growth both of London and of the UK.’

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