The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to back investment in the country's rail infrastructure.
An initiative was recently announced by the coalition, which will allow passengers to have more of a say in how rail services run, but the BCC is now calling for more direct financial action to be taken.
Ahead of the publication of the government's rail investment plans to 2019 next month, the organisation linked up with the Campaign for Better Transport, the Centre for Cities and the Passenger Transport Executive Group in order to push for more funding.
Director of policy and external affairs at the BCC Adam Marshall underlined the fact that this is an essential driver of wider economic growth.
"Business supports long-term strategic investment to improve our rail infrastructure, rather than simply looking to short-term fixes," he commented, adding that faster and more efficient journeys are also a necessity.