£34.5m Hull train line upgrade welcomed

Published: Monday 15th February 2016 by KCFM

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A £34.5 million investment to upgrade Hull’s train line will take it into the 21st century, according to a local transport expert.

Network Rail is to install new start-of-the-art signalling equipment between North Ferriby and Gilberdyke in order to provide a faster train service.

Adam Fowler, director of the City of Hull and Humber Environment Forum, said: “Because there are so many staff needed to staff the railway, we don’t have a 24-hour railway which is crucial. And if Hull is to really play its part in this Northern Powerhouse we hear of and connecting with Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, transport and communication is key.”

Mr Fowler welcomed the investment, claiming that the line has not been upgraded since the 1840s.

He added: “It sounds a lot of money just for a few signals but it’s important to improve the confidence in the region.

“We often hear that Hull and East Yorkshire’s railways are left behind. This is saying exactly the opposite. This is saying, ‘We are taking you there’.”

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Published: Monday 15th February 2016 by KCFM

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