10 March 2021
The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the trade body for the UK rail supply community has welcomed the publication of the Union Connectivity Review Interim Report, launched today.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “It is positive to see the Government set out ideas for new rail investment, including better connections from HS2 to Scotland and North Wales and higher capacity on the East Coast Main Line. Rail has a vital role to play in the UK’s economic recovery from Coronavirus and in achieving net zero by 2050, but to do so it needs certainty on planned rail schemes, like HS2 Eastern Leg, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Rail Hub, as well as visibility of upcoming rail enhancement schemes, and the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the network.
“The rail industry looks forward to working with the Government to take these forward, supporting jobs, investment and economic growth as we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic.”