The government must continue to support northern projects such as the Northern Powerhouse, according to the Rail Industry Association (RIA).
The Association, which is the main industry trade group for railway equipment manufacturers in the United Kingdom, reiterated this stance when welcoming the government’s multi-million pound investment in the East Coast Main Line.
Costing £780 million, the upgrades will be of real benefit to the Northern Powerhouse region by providing faster and more frequent services.
The use of technology and traffic management will allow services on the East Coast Main Line to increase from 16 per hour to 24 on the busiest sections.
And Darren Caplan, Chief Executive at the RIA, spoke about how “vital” it is that the North’s transport is supported, which will in turn boost the Northern Powerhouse.
He said: “It is vital that the government continues to support the North’s transport infrastructure more widely, through major projects like HS2, the TransPennine Route Upgrade and Northern Powerhouse Rail – all of which are vital not only for the North, but for UK plc, its economy and connectivity, in the years ahead.”
Improvements to tracks, platforms, junctions and signals will be made all across this route, while legislation was put in place so the North of Tyne Devolution Deal could be approved.
It is, according to the Prime Minister, an “unprecedented” transfer of powers to the North East from the central government.
And Mr Caplan explains the benefits to the East Coast Main Line, something he welcomes as “transformational.”
“The Railway Industry Association welcomes confirmation of the £780 million package of investment int rains, digital signalling and Traffic Management Systems to allow up to 24 trains per hour to run on the busiest sections of the East Coast Main Line.
“Current signalling system capability on the line is around 16 trains per hour, so this investment will be transformational in delivering faster and more frequent train services, to the clear benefit of passengers.”