Extract from Department for Transport Press Release 3 July 2014:
will benefit from a multi-million pound package of rail improvements
that will lift the local economy, create new jobs and provide faster
train journeys, the Prime Minister announced today (3 July 2014).
£146.6 million deal has tourism at its core. Passengers travelling by
sleeper train into the county will be able to start their holiday
relaxing in newly refurbished carriages.
The deal will ensure:
interior of the Night Riviera Sleeper trains, which run between
Penzance and London - one of only two sleeper services in the UK - will
be completely overhauled
the Long Rock train maintenance site at
Penzance will be expanded to maintain Cornwall’s sleeper trains,
safeguarding jobs and creating new training opportunities
programme of signalling improvements will start five years earlier than
planned, providing faster journeys between Penzance and Totnes and
paving the way for the potential introduction of half-hourly services on
the Cornish mainline.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
that we have first class infrastructure across Britain is a crucial
part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and
provide a brighter future for hardworking people. This investment, which
will boost the local economy and improve connectivity, is great news
for Cornwall, the south-west and beyond.
The package includes £9
million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), £29.6
million secured through Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of
Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), £103.5 million from Network
Rail and £4.5 million from train operator First Great Western.
Read the full press release here:
Council has been working closely with the LEP, First Great Western and
Network Rail in putting together this £146 million package of
improvements. The timing of the bid to Central Government could hardly
have been better given the extended publicity over last winter’s rail
service disruptions at Dawlish and elsewhere. There was a political
need to be seen to be doing something about rail services in the South
Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport, IOS Steamship Co and Imrys provided representation
(a supporting cast) for the presentation to Ministers in The Queen
Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 8 May 2014 (arranged by Cornwall
Council and its project partners).The Chamber also wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport explaining just how important the rail service is to Cornwall's £1.8 billion tourism sector and the constraint slow and unreliable services impose upon the economy of Cornwall, one of the poorest regions is Northern Europe.
Cornwall Council deserves full marks for the meticulous assemble of the package measures and effective advocacy at Westminster. The Cornwall & IOS Local Enterprise Partnership also played an important role in getting the package funded.