Rail investment

Rail investment

Rail investment

First published in Letters by

BOTH Julian Cole and Mark Gladwin (letters March 25) seem to assume that there are no plans to improve the rail infrastructure in the north of England and all investment will go into the HS2 Project.

This is not the case because the upgrading of the main Transpennine route including electrification is included in the Network Rail programme over the next five years. The same process will be happening over the East Midlands route to complete the electrification between St Pancras and Sheffield with possible extension to Doncaster.

It should be understood that the HS2 Project will be phased over many years and the argument that is being made is that it will be needed to provide capacity that will required once it is completed.

David Randon, Blue Slates Close, Wheldrake, York.

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11:21am Thu 27 Mar 14

Zetkin says...

Mr Randon is correct, but only to a point.

What he doesn't mention is the many millions the government is cutting from Network Rail's budget over the next few years. The projects he mentions are going ahead despite the governments plans not because of them.

The massive cuts mean other improvements cannot even be contemplated, whilst fewer and fewer maintenance workers are expected to do more with less resources.
Mr Randon is correct, but only to a point. What he doesn't mention is the many millions the government is cutting from Network Rail's budget over the next few years. The projects he mentions are going ahead despite the governments plans not because of them. The massive cuts mean other improvements cannot even be contemplated, whilst fewer and fewer maintenance workers are expected to do more with less resources. Zetkin
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6:21pm Thu 27 Mar 14

old_geezer says...

Taxpayers used to invest in BR, and all the money went on the network since BR couldn't borrow. After privatisation, first Railtrack collapsed, and now successor Network Rail has £30 BILLION of debt, which has to be paid for.
Taxpayers used to invest in BR, and all the money went on the network since BR couldn't borrow. After privatisation, first Railtrack collapsed, and now successor Network Rail has £30 BILLION of debt, which has to be paid for. old_geezer
  • Score: 1

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