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25 Years - Britain's Railway Past & Future

25 years ago, Britain’s railway began a bold new journey. The implementation of the Railways Act led to investment and innovation across the private and public sectors, underpinning a transformation in our railway – from revamping stations and adding more services across our network, to technological advances such as mobile advance fares that make travelling by rail easier for passengers.


After two decades of growth and rapid developments in technology, the time is right for big change once again to set the railway up for the challenges it faces today and over the years ahead. But we shouldn’t forget that private sector innovation and investment has brought real benefits to the people and communities who rely on rail. In the right structure, it can deliver even more.


As the companies running train services for the last quarter of a century, we are committed to getting Britain’s railway back on track for the next 25 years, and beyond.

Find out more about how private sector investment and innovation has improved the railway over the last 25 years:

Arriva Rail London
C2C
Caledonian Sleeper
Chiltern Railways by Arriva
Cross Country by Arriva
East Midlands Trains
Gatwick Express
Grand Central by Arriva
Greater Anglia
Great Northern
Great Northern
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