This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on railways. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

18.01.2016Public Transport Fares
This paper looks at trends in rail and bus fares over the past 20 years.
16.12.2015High Speed 2 (HS2) Phases 2a, 2b and beyond
This paper deals with Phase 2 of the HS2 scheme and ideas that have been mooted for other HSR schemes such as HS3 across the Pennines and potentially HS4 to Scotland.
10.12.2015Passenger transport: Social indicators page
Transport by cars, vans and taxis constituted 83% of the total distance travelled by passengers in 2013.
03.12.2015Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: progress
This Commons Library briefing provides details of the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill through Parliament, including a note on some amendments tabled at Report stage.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
12.11.2015National rail usage and performance: Social Indicators page
The number of passenger journeys on franchised national railway services is at record levels.
03.11.2015Transport in Wales
This note gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals in the Draft Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
03.11.2015High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 1
This note provides information on Phase 1 of HS2 from London to Bimringham, including the scheme design, Parliamentary scrutiny and compensation arrangements.
18.08.2015Railway passenger franchises
This is one of two briefing papers on rail passenger franchising. This note sets out the terms of the various rail franchises in England, Wales and Scotland. A second paper, SN6521, sets out in more detail how franchising works and the franchising policy of successive governments.
02.07.2015Rail electrification
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.

Lords Library Notes

03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.


05.06.2015Trends in Transport
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
25.03.2013Accessing Public Transport
This POSTnote looks at the current barriers to and future opportunities for improving the accessibility of the public transport system.

Select Committee Reports

29.11.2011Tunnel vision? Completing the European rail market.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
22.06.2011Department for Transport: the InterCity East Coast Passenger Rail Franchise.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
03.05.2011Transport and the economy.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
26.04.2011Keeping the UK moving: the impact on transport of the winter weather in December 2010.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
15.02.2011Transport and the economy.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that the Department for Transport has recently published the Great Western Franchise consultation document; is concerned that proposals in the document to encourage ...
That this House commends the work undertaken by the cleaners employed by Churchill Contract Services on theTyne andWear Metro; notes they are paid minimum wage rates for the vital ...
That this House notes with alarm reports that the Secretary of State for Transport has refused to grant Transport for London's request to raise its debt ceilings in order to directly ...
That this House welcomes the decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to bring forward the procurement of approximately 130 additional electric multiple unit rail vehicles for ...
That this House welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to explore the possible procurement of approximately 57 electrically-powered vehicles for insertion into ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses