A second railway station is set to be built in the centre of Leeds as part of the £32 billion high-speed rail plans announced next week ...
Why am I posting this in "TransWilts" - the line with fewest passenger trains running through its stations - when it's about a line that's potentially at the other end of the scale?
Because what secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin says ...
“Since privatisation (in 1992), we have seen passenger numbers double and we’ve seen freight increase on our railways by 60 per cent,” he said.
“If we’re going to continue to service that kind of growth, we need to think now and we need to act now.
“The easiest thing for the Government to do would be not to do this – that would be the easy option. But it would be the wrong option.
... equally applies across the network. Growth in West Wiltshire has been the strongest in the UK, and with housing / population growth there considerably in excess of the national average, there's equally a need to act now. And that means ensuring that improvements, big and small, which are well researched, justified, overdue, even with funding earmarked ... should be acted on now, and not left in the pipeline for another couple of years while the government sorts out which group of 20 or 30 executives sit at the top of the TOC in the South West, and how they report to which group of shareholders.