Railfuture campaigns nationally and locally for a rail system which will provide better, value-for-money rail services for both passengers and freight, over a bigger rail network.

Key campaigns

  • Fares must be clearly explained and value for money and tickets must offer a choice of flexibility in time and routes.
  • Northern powerhouse. Linking the great Northern cities of Liverpool, Preston, Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds and Hull by a fast, high capacity rail network will create a single strategic economic entity to realise the economic potential of the region.
  • Oxford - Cambridge. Reopening the railway throughout between Oxford and Cambridge is an economic development project, not just a rail development.
  • Thameslink 2. A new route between Stratford and East Croydon via Canary Wharf will relieve congestion at London Bridge and on the Brighton Main Line, and connect northeast and southeast London with the growing economic centre of Docklands.
  • Uckfield - Lewes. Reinstating this line will promote economic growth in East Sussex and Brighton, and create a second route between London and the South Coast.
  • Wisbech. Wisbech is one of the largest towns in the UK without a railway station; reopening this freight line will provide access to employment in the growth area of Cambridge.
  • Missing links. Railfuture is campaigning for new rail lines to be opened, and some closed lines to be reopened, to increase capacity and resilience in the strategic network by creating alternative routes between major centres, to provide additional metro services for our growing cities, and to connect isolated towns.
  • New Stations. As new communities and business locations are created, so new and reopened stations are needed to serve them.
  • Go and compare. Railfuture searches for examples of best practice worldwide which can be applied in Britain.
Our campaigns are frequently in the news.

Branch campaigns

Each Railfuture branch also runs local campaigns for improved rail services and expanding the rail network.

Successful campaigns

We need a successful, growing railway industry which operates for the benefit of the community, the economy and the environment. Over the past 50 years Railfuture has played a major part in getting over 370 stations built or reopened, and over 500 miles of new route added to the network.

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