UK rail minister commits investment to freight
Huw Merriman, who holds the rail portfolio in the UK government, has pledged to a number of projects which will directly benefit rail freight operations. Most prominently, he said that the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement would now be affordable. Funds have been reallocated from HS2, the high-speed rail project, which has been significantly curtailed from its original plans. The minister outlined spending plans around the network, although some observers claimed that much of the spending was a reiteration of plans already in place.
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