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Govt announces major package of rail improvements for Cornwall

A major programme of signalling improvements will now start five years earlier than planned. Photo: ITV News West Country

David Cameron says Cornwall will benefit from a multi-million pound package of rail improvements that will lift the local economy, create new jobs and provide faster train journeys.

The £146.6m deal has been designed to boost tourism:-

  • the interior of the Night Riviera Sleeper trains, which run between Penzance and London will be completely overhauled
  • the Long Rock train maintenance site at Penzance will be expanded to maintain Cornwall’s sleeper trains
  • a major programme of signalling improvements will start five years earlier than planned paving the way for the potential introduction of half-hourly services on the Cornish mainline.
the interior of the Night Riviera Sleeper trains, which run between Penzance and London will be completely overhauled. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ensuring that we have first class infrastructure across Britain is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and provide a brighter future for hardworking people.

This investment, which will boost the local economy and improve connectivity, is great news for Cornwall, the South West and beyond.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
Nearly 7,000 000 passengers use the rail network in Cornwall every year Credit: ITV News West Country

This announcement is great news for Cornwall. We have been working closely with the LEP and First Great Western to improve our rail services and are delighted that the Government is supporting our plans.

This is a real opportunity to develop Cornwall’s public transport network. Enhancing the main line signalling in Cornwall is just as important as well as dualing the A30 and building the Tamar Bridge in keeping Cornwall connected.

– Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for transportation, said

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