£48 billion funding for Britain’s railways

£48 billion funding for Britain’s railways

Funding of £48 billion has been announced to be spent on the British rail network over a five year period.

Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling, the money will be used from 2019 to 2024 to carry out maintenance works and will be put towards a “huge uplift in renewals to increase reliability and punctuality for passengers”

The transport secretary has also confirmed that there will be a new funding process for major upgrades and enhancements which will provide more “rigour in investment decisions to make sure public spending best meets the needs of passengers and freight”.

The Statement of funds available for the rail industry continues the government’s record investment with a direct grant of up to £34.7 billion for spending between 2019 and 2024.

Total spending will be around £47.9 billion once Network Rail’s expected income is calculated and added to the pot.

The announcement includes funding for the early stages of developing new rail schemes.

But, the government will allocate funds separately for major upgrades following a new process to ensure they are “deliverable and secure the best value for money for the tax payer”.

The new process will be set out in more detail later this year.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “This government is continuing its record funding in Britain’s rail network/

“As a commuter, I know how frustrating it is to be delayed by problems on the line. Passengers want a railway they can rely on and that’s where this huge investment will make a real difference to their everyday lives - by renewing more tracks earlier and increasing maintenance to deliver far better services.

“This investment is about boosting reliability and punctuality for millions of journeys, and we will do this alongside building major upgrades around the country and delivering new, faster and more comfortable trains.”

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