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.

Published: 14-Jan-2007

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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