Network Rail has revealed where some of the investment for Control Period 6 (CP6) will be allocated, with billions already set out for improvements in London, East Anglia, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset.
The owner and infrastructure manager of most of Great Britain’s rail network will embark on its most ambitious and expensive rail investment programme for the next control period, which starts in April 2019 and lasts for five years.
After revealing its initial plans, Network Rail has made alterations, in line with recommendations from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), and now the final determination has been published, funds have been allocated.
Of the £35 billion set out by the ORR in its final determination, more than £2.4 billion will help to provide more reliable railway services for passengers travelling from London Paddington to the west.
In the five-year period, the money will be spent on maintaining and running the railway across the Western route, which runs out of London Paddington.
More trains will be available at the end of these five years, and investment will focus on renewing and maintaining existing infrastructure.
Elsewhere, £2.2 billion will be spent across the East Anglia region, with £950 million to maintain and operate the network; £400 million to renew or refurbish almost a quarter of the track; £350 million to improve signalling and level crossings; £250 for the renewal and repair of bridges, embankments, cuttings and structures; and £200 million to complete the installation of overhead line equipment.
More than £2 billion will be spent for passengers that use services in Surrey and the surrounding areas – a 20% increase from the current Control Period.
For Hampshire, a similar amount of investment to Surrey will be provided, and it’s the same storey for Dorset.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said: “We now have more money than ever before to invest in this route and make a real difference to people’s journeys.”