£10 million towards solving rail capacity problems in Manchester

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The government has announced £10 million of design and development funding so that Network Rail can start the next stage of work to unblock Manchester’s railways. The work will examine options to resolve capacity and reliability problems on the network.

This is the next step in the Government’s programme to transform rail services in northern England following the nationalisation of Northern Rail in March.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As the country begins the recovery from Covid-19, we need to get on the front foot and invest in infrastructure in every region to reignite the economy, helping better connect people with opportunities in the future.”

At the same time, in his ‘Build Build Build: New Deal for Britain’ speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced vital new upgrades for roads in a speech setting out plans for massive investment in UK infrastructure, to drive forward the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

He confirmed over £100 million for a raft of road schemes and projects right across the country to reignite local economies and connect communities. Twenty-nine projects, ranging from fixing deteriorating roads and flood mitigation measures, through to repairing bridges that are part of local highway key routes, will benefit from investment in an effort to make a lasting difference to the quality of local highways across the country.

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