We recognise that, because of continuing growth, the passenger carrying capacity of the network, especially in peak periods, remains an issue in many areas.
We will continue to take steps to increase the capacity of the railways through the franchising process and through the High Level Output Specification and the longer term strategy framework, both of which will be published this summer.
The targets for railway punctuality and reliability have been met and exceeded both for the Virgin West Coast franchise, that serves the Holyhead to Euston route, and across the rail network in Great Britain as a whole.
The Department encourages improvements in railway timetabling and connections by specifying appropriate base timetable requirements in new franchises. Train operators and Network Rail are responsible for working together to plan timetables which provide good connections.