A year after the rail line was severed at Dawlish, another weekend of disruption has happened across the South West rail network due to signalling problems. However, the situation may be about to change as the Peninsula Rail Task Force has had its inaugural meeting with Department of Transport and Network Rail officials before meeting with the Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin.
The Task Force met to discuss its proposals to make the rail network more resilient and reliable, ensuring that the Dawlish line remains the main line and is amply protected, along with measures to achieve faster journey times and sufficient capacity… Cont.
As the latest report from the Transport Select Committee, “investing in the Railways’ acknowledges the South West has been ‘starved of investment’, the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force has queried the ‘Long Term Economic Plan’ announced by the Chancellor and Prime Minister today.
The Peninsula Rail Task Force, a partnership of local authorities from Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, the SW Chamber of Commerce and both LEPs has been campaigning for greater investment into the region’s rail and road networks following the severe weather incidents of 2012… Cont.
Members of the Peninsula Rail Task Force and MP Gary Streeter met with the Prime Minister, David Cameron today to discuss rail plans for the South West.
After the recent announcements leading up to the Autumn Statement, the Prime Minister has provided reassurance that the wider rail connectivity is vital to the South West. He has offered to talk to officials at the Department of Transport to consider the entire suite of proposals set out by the Task Force, including additional routes to the Dawlish mainline… Cont.
The Peninsula Rail Task Force has welcomed confirmation in the Autumn Statement that there will be investment into Dawlish to improve the resilience…Cont.
Electrifying mainline rail services to the South West Peninsula could deliver a £6 billion boost to the region’s economy, says a new report published today.
The economic study into the electrification of rail services to Plymouth and Cornwall says the return to the South West economy could be £100 million a year — £6 billion over a 60-year appraisal period for new infrastructure – with faster journey times for passengers… Cont.
A CROSS-PARTY delegation of MPs and local authority leaders are meeting in Westminster today to urge the Prime Minister to back a new 3-Point Plan for a great South West Peninsula Railway. The delegation includes MPs from across the South West Peninsula, from Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon, Torbay and Somerset…