Where are the freight benefits in UK’s latest near-billion pound investment?
UK’s transport secretary Grant Shapps has launched a 794 million-pound (880 million euros) investment, claiming to boost rail links in the south and north of England. Money has been allocated to develop East West Rail between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge; and to upgrade a short line near Newcastle. However, there is scant mention of freight services in the two projects, and the lack of electrification plans has brought criticism from the industry and environmentalists.
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