Government freezes rail upgrades and replaces Network Rail boss
“The government has shelved promised and vital upgrades to major rail lines in the Midlands and the north of England, just weeks after the election in which the Conservatives campaigned on rebalancing the country and creating a “northern powerhouse”.
Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, said the government had “paused” electrification of the Midland mainline from London to Sheffield, and the TransPennine route between Manchester and Leeds that connects major cities across the north, after Network Rail’s costs spiralled and it missed targets. ”
Suppressed HS2 report reveals serious cost concerns
HS2 has just claimed its first victim: the rail upgrades we so badly need
… and that is just the Guardian