On the positive side, lines in the North West, from Manchester to Liverpool and Manchester to Blackpool, are going to be electrified. London’s Crossrail and Thameslink upgrades have also been allocated funds.
The cash, set aside by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, will also see 2,000 carriages added to ease overcrowding on UK train lines.
The UK event industry constantly comes under criticism because of overcrowded and unreliable trains, making it difficult to get to events. In addition, general passenger journeys by rail have actually dipped in the past year. The £8bn investment could go some way to encouraging investment in UK events.
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