The Rail industry in Britain
Britain's railways are vital to the country's economy. More people and more goods than ever move by train today. The number of passenger journeys rose by more than 50% in the last decade, and in 2014 over 1.6 billion passengers used the rail network. The railways carry 10% more freight now than in 2004.
Figures suggest that demand will continue to rise, with 14% more passengers and 19% more freight forecast by 2019. Improvement projects are planned to increase capacity of the railways and keep pace with growing traffic. These include Crossrail, the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Project and the Northern Hub. More generally, electrification of the network will continue, for example the electrification of the Midland mainline between London and Sheffield, and there will be improved railway links to ports and airports across Britain.