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27.11.12

Support for greater rail devolution expressed

Passengers are in support of greater rail devolution and having more say on how the railways are run, responses to a Government consultation suggest.

The DfT consultation was launched in March and calls for transport models to be specifically designed for particular regions on the basis of local geography and structure of local networks.

Expressions of interest were also offered to help manage the railways from regional groups in London, West Midlands and the North of England.

Successful devolution has already taken place in Merseyside, London, Scotland and Wales, responses recognised.

Rail minister Simon Burns said: “We are determined to provide the best possible rail services for passengers and ensure that we reduce the cost of running our railways.

“Ensuring decisions are taken by those best placed to make them – those who live and work in those areas – could make certain not only that services are planned to maximise value for money for taxpayers but that passengers get services they need and want.”

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