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Britain`s Railway still growing according to ATOC

18 new passenger lines and 48 new stations have been added to Britain’s rail network over the…

18 new passenger lines and 48 new stations have been added to Britain’s rail network over the last ten years, the Association of Train Operating Companies announced, with one additional line and three new stations due to open before the end of the year. By the end of December 2005, this will have added over 148 route miles and 51 stations to the national network since 1995.

“Britain’s railway is outstripping every other European country in attracting new passengers,” said George Muir, ATOC’s Director General, “and the train operators have expanded services to meet new demands.”

November marks the tenth anniversary of the reopening of the Nottingham to Worksop line (known as the Robin Hood Line) operated by Central Trains passing through Mansfield, which in 1995 was the largest town in Britain without a railway station. This line has been very successful: last month alone nearly 80,000 passengers travelled on it. This is part of a bigger picture of growth across Britain’s rail network, which is attracting increasing numbers of passengers and freight.

While the list of new lines opened includes the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Phase 1), the others have all been developed to meet local and regional transport needs or to provide access to airports. Geographically, the new lines and stations are spread across the UK, from the Highlands of Scotland to Hampshire and from South Wales to Essex.

George Muir added: “Apart from new stations, nearly half the national train fleet has either been replaced or refurbished and train operators have increased the number of train services by 20%.”

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