All-Party Parliamentary Group study shows support for through travel on heritage railways
Environmentally speaking, rail is the optimum way to travel to parks such as Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales or areas of outstanding natural beauty like the Quantock Hills or the North Norfolk Coast.
Many small towns which are popular tourist hot spots such as Whitby or Swanage become overrun with traffic at high season.
Both heritage railways and national rail operators have a mutual interest in offering leisure trips by rail, especially as regular travel patterns have been altered due to the pandemic with this year seeing a trend in staycations.
Heritage railways have a totally different commercial need to that of national rail operators with both having different approaches and methods to managing and maintaining railways.
The study shows that despite the differing business models, a common interest has formed with the growth in the leisure travel market on rail.
The study shows that running heritage rolling stock on the national network does incur expensive modification, however, modern rolling stock working on heritage railway is a much more straightforward process.
Thirty-two heritage railways are currently connected to the national rail …
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