Outgoing Rail Chief Urges UK Planners to Consider All Options
The new light rail units are just five tonnes in weight, compared with the conventional 50-tonne units which operate on most rail services. The lower weight means that they are more environmentally friendly and emit fewer greenhouse gases.
THE head of the UK's rail infrastructure system has suggested that some
railway services could be replaced by buses, or even taxis.
John Armitt, the out-going chief executive of Network Rail, has claimed that
transport planners should not always opt for a conventional train service in
order to move passengers.
Armitt said: "Simply asking to provide a railway, which in transport terms is
not value for money, is probably not the best way forward. We have parts of the
network where we have trains running around empty for most of the day.
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