£235m for rail freight net­work

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Govern­ment is spend­ing £235 mil­lion up to 2019 as part of the Strate­gic Rail Freight Net­work Fund, ac­cord­ing to Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard.

In a Com­mons Writ­ten Re­ply to Martin Vick­ers (Con­ser­va­tive, Cleethor­pes), May­nard said the money was “specif­i­cally to sup­port in­vest­ment in in­fras­truc­ture fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing key ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ments to sup­port the growth of the rail freight sec­tor”.

He added: “The ben­e­fits of schemes funded through the Strate­gic Freight Net­work Fund in­clude sig­nalling and track im­prove­ments which al­low longer trains, in­creased speeds and more ef­fi­cient jour­neys.”

May­nard did not go into de­tail about any projects.

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