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Autumn Statement: ‘Significant Additional Funding’ for UK Transport

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced yesterday in his Autumn Statement to Parliament, ‘significant additional funding’ for transport, including a £450 million digital signalling trial

The Government is providing £450 million to trial innovative new digital rail signalling technology, which could increase capacity and reliability on our railways.

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The Autumn Statement includes good news for digital signalling! Image © axbecerra (license)

The Government’s next steps in its plan to invest in productivity-enhancing infrastructure includes a commitment to a number of transport projects, including:

  • Local roads and local transport
  • Strategic roads pinch points
  • Future transport technology
  • Digital rail signalling
  • Transport flood resilience
  • Smart ticketing
  • Midlands Rail Hub

The Government is also investing £5 million in development funding for the Midlands Rail Hub, a programme of rail interventions in and around central Birmingham that could provide up to 10 additional trains per hour.

For more information, please visit GOV.UK

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