Rail strategy

Part of the overall Strategic Transport Plan is to develop a mode-specific Rail Strategy which outlines how rail will help to deliver the overall vision and objectives for transport in the Western Gateway area. 

The Rail Strategy (Phase 1) sets forth the need for change based on a review of policy, challenges and trends. It explores the region’s vision, objectives and priorities, and it develops a series of Conditional Outputs which will support the delivery of these objectives. 

Our rail strategy (Phase 1) includes a clear vision, with five themes supported by focused objectives and priorities. The objectives and priorities below also include a series of conditional outputs below: 

C1: Frequency
C2: Interchange
C3: Performance
C4: Timetable
C5: Services
C6: Freight

D1: Carbon Reduction
D2: Demand Management
D3: Network Efficiency
D4: Freight Growth
D5: Freight Capture

Social Mobility
M1: Station Access
M2: Modal Integration
M3: Regional Catchment
M4: Fares Influence
M5: Ticketing Solutions
M6: Accessibility

P1: Journey Time
P2: Capacity Management
P3: Hub Station Focus
P4: International Gateways
P5: Freight Capacity

G1: Policy Management
G2: Mobility Hubs
G3: Network Resilience

The Conditional Outputs form the focus of the Rail Strategy (Phase 1) and are not schemes per se but rather are the target aspirations or minimum standards.

As the development of the Conditional Outputs is symbiotic to that of the scheme identification, most of the Conditional Outputs do not have draft figures or targets which will be finalised as part of Phase 2.

The draft Rail Strategy (Phase 1) has been developed with input from industry stakeholders. Three workshops were held across the Western Gateway area and an e-consultation was held with the constituent authorities, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies and Freight Operating Companies.