Jobs promised in government’s £9.4bn rail investment
Mon, 16 Jul 2012
The Department for Transport has announced this morning £9.4bn of railway upgrades across England and Wales, which should deliver jobs and the capacity for 140,000 extra daily commutes by train.
The investment will be undertaken in the period 2014-19, with London projects representing a mainstay of the work. In total, 120,000 of the extra commutes made possible will be in and out of the capital.
Transport secretary Justine Greening says: “Investment on this scale, in every region of the country, shows how this coalition government is focused on delivering an affordable, reliable and faster railway network that drives jobs and growth.
Chancellor George Osborne adds: “This Government is making more funds available to invest in rail projects than at any time since the Victorian era, and shows that the Government is committed to delivering on its promises to support investment in public infrastructure that will support economic growth.”