CAMPAIGNERS from Huddersfield have warmly welcomed the wide-ranging review of Britain's railway network.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced in January that the Government would be publishing its plans for restructuring the rail industry in the summer.

The review will examine long-term investment in the network and safety issues.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (Acorp) believes the review could put right some problems created by the privatisation of British Rail.

The rail industry, it says, must be accountable to Government.

Writing in its latest newsletter, Dr Paul Salveson, of Golcar, Acorp's general manager, called for improved maintenance, smoother operations and better focus on passenger service.

Demanding local management for local lines, he said rural routes could benefit from more widespread development of community rail partnerships.

He said passenger numbers could rise quickly on branch lines with relatively little investment.