MY TESTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE RAILWAY ISSUE NUMBER: TT133
Claire Perry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Britain's rail industry is complex. It is also rapidly changing, and it is important for all sides to keep exchanging ideas and collaborating. Last month representatives from across the railway came together to discuss many of the big rail issues of our time, such as investment, capacity and connectivity. But I wanted to focus on a topic that in recent years has not received the same level of attention – sustainability. Sustainability can be a slippery term. So at the industry day, I set out what I believe to be the three characteristics of a sustainable railway.
First, a sustainable railway helps to solve the environmental challenges we face, rather than contributes to them. On that front, we're making good progress. Rail is already one of the greenest transport modes, and it's getting greener still. We are on target to reduce carbon emissions per passenger-kilometre by 37% between 2014 and 2019.