Steve Agg, Chief Executive of the CILT comments on yesterday’s government statement as part of its High Level Outputs Statement (HLOS):
"The government’s proposed rail investment, announced as a package yesterday, is a welcome recognition of the role transport plays in driving jobs and growth and helping local economies link to the rest of the country and beyond.
"The ‘Electric Spine’ artery stretching up from Southampton to the Midlands and Yorkshire together with the long-sought after loading gauge enhancements for taller containers recognises the importance of transferring more freight to rail. The £200 million contribution to the Strategic Freight Network will really help fund improvements.
"Confirmation of electrification of other parts of the network in the north-west and between Oxford and the East Midlands will be welcomed by passengers and the supply-chain alike.
"While they may take time to build, new and electrified lines provide vital long-term economic benefit and sustained self-confidence. When completed, this programme of investment should deliver additional and much-needed capacity for passengers and freight."