Network Rail upgrades to be delayed by government

June 25 2015  

Network Rail upgrades to be delayed by government

The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today in Parliament the delay or cut back of a number of rail improvement projects planned by Network Rail.

Patrick McLoughlin told the house that the railways were carrying more passengers, had doubled the amount of journeys since privatisation and improved safety and reliability.

However the Minister explained that a long list of unforeseen problems including rising costs and missed targets had made the £38bn plan impossible to implement in the timescales announced in 2012 and as a consequence has required the government to “reset this programme and get it back on track”.

Electrification of the Great Western Line remains a top priority and will continue as planned, however, electrification of the Midland mainlines and the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester will be ‘paused’.

The current Chairman of Network rail will be stepping down to be replaced by Sir Peter Hendy the current commissioner of Transport for London.

To read the statement to Parliament in full please follow the link here.

Daniel Isichei, CIHT Director of Communications said:

“CIHT believe that a reliable, affordable and efficient rail network will contribute significantly to helping the UK meet its economic, environmental and social requirements.  

“The transport sector requires certainty and continuity in investment to perform to its full capability. This announcement will cause doubt across the industry and could impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the transport network.

"CIHT will continue to push for certainty for the entire transport sector, including skills, resources and the investment needed for effective delivery because of the benefits this will have to health, environmental, social as well as economic agendas."


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