The government's released a grand piece of work it calls the Strategic Vision for Rail, a wide ranging collection of ideas on how to make the UK's many rail franchises work a little better. Of most interest to train enthusiasts, though, is a commitment to look at reopening old lines closed in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s and the general British Rail malaise that followed in the 70s.
The document says it'll consider reopening old lines if campaigners can prove there's a good business case to do so, with winning business cases expected to be those that promise new housing or commercial schemes can be built along the routes -- creating a sort of double jobs-creation situation -- with the government's transport team going so far as to promise to "...restore capacity lost under the Beeching and British Rail cuts" as a result.
Also mentioned beneath the complicated stuff about new rules for franchises is a future compensation scheme for passengers, one that promises universal refunds for journey delays of 15 minutes or more. [GOV]