Connectivity policy

Railfuture advocates the concept of, and delivery of rail passenger services in, a coherent and integrated national rail network.

  1. This network should maximise the capability and quality of being connected for the economic and social benefit of people and places - individuals, communities, businesses, and centres of learning, health and tourism/leisure facilities.
  2. We promote increased use and development of the rail network as a whole in order to improve access to it, and the connectivity it affords. This will include an ever greater proportion of the population and thereby expand opportunity and prosperity, achieving better national economic, environmental and social outcomes.
  3. The principal arterial routes connecting the national capitals and provincial cities are complemented by an expanding, better-connected network of other inter-urban and rural routes of no less significance for the vitality and prospects of numerous smaller town and village communities.
  4. Railfuture advocates expansion of opportunities for all to travel by rail, to help secure and broaden the benefits of increased overall connectivity. This expansion can be achieved by more frequent services, capacity increases such as additional tracks in existing routes, additional lines and stations, and more and larger station car and cycle parks to encourage rail-heading by those access modes. Such expanded opportunities must embrace the needs of passengers with any kind of mobility impairment in order to equalise their ability as citizens to participate fully in wider society.
  5. We promote enhanced connectivity through continued improvements both at the macro level with investments in infrastructure, and also attention to the micro level of detailed design and service provision for the travelling public, which is paramount to the quality of their journey experience.
  6. Railfuture advocates improved ease of transition between station and train. This must be matched by the convenience of interchanging between trains within stations – with excellent service information and way-finding, and co-ordinated timetables.
  7. We further advocate safe, attractive and convenient transition between the station itself and all modes of access to it, whether on foot, by cycle or motor-bike, bus stop/station, or station car park-and-ride/kiss-and-ride facility.
  8. Connections between the station and its catchment area must be facilitated by routes which are well-signed and advertised and also as safe, attractive and convenient as reasonably practicable.
  9. Connectivity for many passengers is represented by a single multi-modal ticket, including any parking charge; we therefore advocate integrated ticketing on a universal basis as symbolic of a well-connected transport network.

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