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Rail in the north: Campaign for Better Transport comments

23 July 2020

Responding to the announcement of investment in rail projects in the north of England, including the upgrading and electrification of the Transpennine main line, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Projects like this are exactly what's needed to help transport meet net zero carbon emissions targets while rebuilding the economy fairly and sustainably. But investment shouldn't stop here: we want to see a rolling programme of electrification to decarbonise rail around the country while retaining and developing skills in the industry. Across the board, let's prioritise infrastructure that supports sustainable transport, such as rail reopenings, transport interchanges and bus priority schemes."

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For further information please contact Campaign for Better Transport's press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

The announcement by the Government is on its website.

Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

Campaign for Better Transport released a report earlier this month entitled Covid-19 Recovery: Renewing the Transport System.

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