Rail jobs boost for Cornwall

The Royal Albert Bridge spanning the River Tamar. Photo: Paul Harris
The Royal Albert Bridge spanning the River Tamar. Photo: Paul Harris

Major signalling improvements to railway infrastructure in Cornwall announced today will provide a welcome jobs boost for engineers and technicians in the South West.

 

The Government has brought forward a £146 million programme of signalling work by five years to deliver faster train services between Totnes and Penzance, bringing the possibility of new half hourly services on the Cornish mainline.

 

These improvements are part of a railway investment package worth over £146 million that will not only improve services for passengers and boost tourism but also benefit the local economy and create employment in construction. The package, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, includes expansion of the Long Rock train maintenance shed in Penzance to maintain Cornwall’s Night Rivera sleeper trains.

 

“This investment will boost the local economy, create engineering jobs and improve connectivity and is great news for Cornwall and the South West,” Mr Cameron said.

 

Network Rail is putting forward the majority of the funding (£103.5 million) with nearly £30 million committed by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The Department for Transport and train operator First Great Western will make up the balance.

 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: “Rail travel in Cornwall is growing rapidly and investing in the rail network here is crucial to securing long term economic growth. These improvements will also safeguard and create jobs.”

 

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP chairman Chris Pomfret said: “Transport connectivity is always one of the first issues identified by the business community as a barrier to Cornwall’s economic growth. This investment makes a major step forward in addressing this issue.”

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

HS2 starts work on UK’s longest railway bridge

HS2 starts work on UK’s longest railway bridge

The Colne Valley Viaduct will be the UK’s longest railway bridge, stretching for more than two miles across a series of lakes and waterways between Hillingdon and the M25.   The railway bridge is designed to improve rail links between London, Birmingham and North, help

Ovarro pollution early-warning technology chosen by Anglian Water

Ovarro pollution early-warning technology chosen by Anglian Water

In a world-first, the UK utility is implementing early-warning system BurstDetect from technology company Ovarro, as part of its drive to eliminate serious pollution events in its region by 2025.   Through a dashboard, BurstDetect provides an overview of system status together with current

A smarter focus on wastewater flows and levels

A smarter focus on wastewater flows and levels

The Government has just concluded its consultation on developing a Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan (SORP). Andy Godley, from the Water Research Centre (WRc), looks at the latest developments in wastewater flows and levels.   It is difficult to argue with the sentiments behind the

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.