The London train route getting £4 billion massive upgrade after Spring Budget

By Staff

The Spring Budget has given the ‘green light’ for an upgrade to a London railway, meaning more capacity, improved trains and a changed timetable. Documents detailing the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt’s full plans state that the programme on the East Coast Main Line will cost £4 billion.

The Government plans to ‘increase capacity and improve rolling stock, by upgrading the timetable’. This, officials add, will result in adding 16,000 seats to services and reduced journey times between the capital and Yorkshire, Newcastle, the North East and Edinburgh.

The line runs between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations. This is via Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate, Retford, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Dunbar.

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Train operators on the route include LNER, Grand Central and Lumo. The Budget also states that £240 million is being made available for housing projects, including ‘unlocking’ up to 7,200 homes in Barking, and a new ‘life sciences hub’ and up to 750 homes in Canary Wharf.

But the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at Mr Hunt, emphasising that there was ‘no new money for transport infrastructure in the capital’. This includes funding for TfL’s capital projects, such as the planned extension of the Bakerloo line further into South London.

Money for transport infrastructure would have seen ‘direct knock-on benefits to supply chains across the country’

He said: “This is another deeply disappointing Budget for London. It’s further evidence that the Government is failing to adequately support the capital’s economy, invest in our vital public services or invest in the affordable housing our country desperately needs.

“Due to the Government’s mismanagement of our economy, Londoners continue to face a perfect storm of low growth, cost of living pressures, soaring housing costs, and cuts to key public services. Tax cuts announced today go nowhere near making up for the huge hikes in mortgage payments and rents Londoners have faced.

“The Metropolitan Police continues to be chronically underfunded by Government despite the unprecedented pressure on its resources. And there was no new money for transport infrastructure in the capital, that would have direct knock-on benefits to supply chains across the country and helped kick start economic growth.

“Today’s budget demonstrates that ministers don’t understand the pressures Londoners are under, and they continue to starve London of the investment we need that would bring benefits to the whole country.”

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