RIA responds to funding announcement for the North and Midlands
The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community, has responded to Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement of funding for transport projects in the North and Midlands.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), commented: “Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced this weekend that he intends to invest in rail schemes in the North and the Midlands, including Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram-train vehicles, the West Midlands Metro extension, new and renovated stations in Liverpool and Runcorn as well as an interchange project at St Helens, South Yorkshire’s Supertram and an upgrading of Darlington and Middlesbrough train stations, and improving rail links in the Tees Valley region. Assuming this is new money and not from existing budget allocations, it is good news.
“Regional and city transport systems across the UK have a pivotal role to play in driving the economic recovery post Coronavirus, as well as boosting productivity and growth in the long run. We look forward to seeing the full details in the Comprehensive Spending Review on Wednesday 27 October.”