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BCC: UK Needs a World Class Railway

Commenting on the decision to pause the rail upgrade programme, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"The decision to delay the upgrade of our railways may not be a complete surprise, afterall the programme was beginning to unravel.

"But there is no escaping that our railway network is in desperate need of major investment. If we are to see the economic growth we aspire to, we need the infrastructure to support it. That means, amongst other things, the UK needs a world class railway but what we currently have is nothing of the sort. Sadly, businesses and commuters will have to continue to get by with rail services which cannot be relied upon.

"Network Rail and the Government must develop a robust plan to put the investment project back on track in short order. And it is a matter of national economic importance that they then keep to it."

Last modified on Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:35

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