Investment ‘too little’ says campaign group

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A £38billion investment in improving the rail network is too little and the north remains underfunded, a campaign group has claimed.

Nina Smith, chair of Railfuture in Yorkshire, said the Government should be investing in efficiency savings – on improving and expanding train services and the rail network.

And she felt the Government should be doing more to encourage people to get out of their cars and use trains.

Her comments follow the announcement by Network Rail that it is to invest £38 billion as part of a five-year plan, which includes the construction of new tracks, renovation of stations and line upgrade.

Railfuture welcomed further investment in schemes including electrifying the Midland Mainline, but Mrs Smith felt the north was still underfunded and called for urgent improvements in schemes such as reopening the station at Dore.