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2017 25 Jan

Digital Railway features in new Industrial Strategy

Posted in Government

On Monday, the Prime Minister listed investment in transport infrastructure, including digital signalling, as a major priority for the Government’s new industrial strategy.

The aim of the Industrial Strategy is to deliver a high-skilled post-Brexit economy that benefits people throughout the UK to ensure opportunities and growth are distributed across Britain.

The plan was published in a Green Paper with transport, broadband and energy receiving a large portion of investment in a bid to “align central government infrastructure investment with local growth priorities”.

£2.6 billion has been announced for improvements in transport projects, which includes the £450m announced in the Autumn Statement to trial digital signalling.

It highlights how rail modernisation is crucial to the continued growth of our cities and providing access to jobs across the country. Specifically it recognises the potential digital signalling has to substantially increase capacity and improve reliability across the rail network.

There will now be a period of consultation during which individuals and stakeholders can have their say.

The full green paper can be found here.