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Viewpoint: Issue Issue 26 19 Dec 2011

Can Rail benefit from the ‘Localism’ agenda?

There is a strong movement towards giving more control at a local level, and the way rail services are specified and managed could be a beneficiary

Paul Salveson

­T­­he concept of ‘localism’ is one that’s set to have an increasing impact on the way transport is planned and managed. In Britain, the agenda is gathering momentum in several Government departments, and the Localism Bill received Royal Assent recently. There’s nothing in there specifically about transport, but that’s not the point. There’s a growing commitment to a culture of ‘localism’ which stretches well beyond the UK Coalition...

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