Rail electrification plans cancelled purely for cost reasons, says NAO
Spending watchdog rejects transport secretary’s claim that new trains made major rail investment scheme unnecessary
Government claims that hundreds of millions of pounds of rail investment were cancelled last July because there were other ways of delivering improvements have been rejected by the government spending watchdog.
In fact, the plans to modernise the line from Cardiff to Swansea, the Midland mainline and tracks in the Lake District were dropped after Network Rail spent huge sums on engineering works, said a report by the National Audit Office.
Source: Guardian Transport