Today brings great news for UK railways with the announcement that more than £9 billion is being spent on upgrades across England and Wales.
The investment will deliver faster journey times, more reliable services and capacity for 140,000 extra daily commutes by train, according to the Department for Transport.
The DfT press release says: The full £9.4bn programme of improvements to the rail network published today will meet the needs of intercity passengers, commuters and freight up to the end of this decade while the Government continues to work on High Speed 2 to deliver rail capacity for the British economy in the decades to come.
Click here for full details of the HLOS (High Level Output Specification).
In the Midlands the Chase Line between Walsall and Rugeley is to be electrified, a scheme Centro has calculated is worth £113 million to the West Midlands economy and will generate 1,370 jobs.
This is a key project for Centro and one it lobbied hard to be included for funding in this period.
The Leamington Spa-Coventry-Nuneaton line will also be electrified while the Birmingham-Tamworth line will be upgraded with improved signalling.
The Leamington Spa-Coventry-Nuneaton line will form part of an ‘Electric Spine’ high capacity passenger and freight electrified corridor.
This will run from the south coast through Oxford, Bedford and via the Midland Main Line to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, with a link from Oxford to the West Coast Main Line via Leamington- Coventry-Nuneaton.
You can read more about this in Centro’s news release here.
On Friday a number of critics of HS2 said high speed rail would take away all funding from the classic network. One even said HS2 was ‘hoovering up’ all the funding.
Today’s news has proved this is simply not the case.