The Business Case

Demand for rail transport is derived from the demand for other things, such as access to employment, leisure or goods and services. Rail travel imposes on the passenger a series of financial and other costs (such as time), to be set against the benefits obtained (such as pleasure from entertainment or income from employment). The easier it is for people to access rail services (i.e. the lower the costs imposed on them), the more they will do so. Improving accessibility can deliver financial benefits as well as helping service providers and policy makers to meet legal obligations.

In the wider sense there is an economic cost to society if some people are unable to access employment, goods or services due to barriers to access in the rail network. Improving rail accessibility is good for all of us.

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