Friday 26 May 2006
AMBITIOUS PLANS TO GROW THE RAILWAY IN THE SOUTH WEST RECEIVE APPROVALwww.networkrail.co.uk/resourcelibrary.
Notes to editors1. A draft strategy was issued for consultation in November 2005 and the final document sets out the best, most cost effective proposals to deliver growth and additional capacity along this key rail artery 2. Some of the proposals can be taken forward by the rail industry while others may need funding from other interested parties (for example, a Regional Development Agency, Transport for London, or the Department for Transport) before they can proceed 3. The strategy will also inform the invitation to tender for the south western franchise, which will be issued later this month, and the Department for Transport’s high level output specification for the next control period, which is being developed over the coming year
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