Final go ahead for vital rail project
Final approval has been given for the vital £14.3 million
project to dual the main railway line between Probus and Burngullow
thanks to a £3 million investment from the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The scheme, which is being funded through a partnership between
Cornwall County Council, Objective One and the Strategic Rail
Authority (SRA), will upgrade Cornwall's longest section of
single track between Probus and Burngullow the greatest
cause of delays to rail traffic on Cornwall's main line.
Trains travelling between Truro and Penzance often have to
wait for an oncoming train to clear the 7.5 mile section,
which can result in lengthy delays. Removing the bottleneck
will reduce delays and improve journey times by at least eight
The County Council has taken a leading role in developing
this vital scheme and has been working with both the Objective
One Partnership Office and the Strategic Rail Authority to
secure the necessary funding, with further support from the
South West Regional Development Agency.
News that the SRA had committed £11.3 m of funding
through the Rail Passenger Partnership towards the scheme
was announced in July, and now a £3 million investment
from the Objective One European Regional Development Fund
has also been confirmed, enabling the scheme to go ahead.
"This scheme has received widespread support from organisations
across Cornwall and I am delighted that it can now go ahead,"
said Robert Hichens, the County Council's Executive Member
for Strategic Planning and Transport.
"Restoring the original dual line to the existing rail
bed will help improve the speed, flexibility, and capacity
of the mainline services, helping to draw inward investment
into Cornwall and build investor confidence."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "Fast, reliable rail services are essential to
support Cornwall's growing economy and that is why Objective
One has invested £3 million in this vital project. This
announcement is fantastic news and removes one of Cornwall's
transport bottlenecks while reaffirming our main line status."
Stephen Bohane, Cornwall Head of Operations for the South
West Regional Development Agency, said: "The RDA has
supported this project from the start. Upgrading this stretch
of track will make a huge difference to punctuality on Cornwall's
main line. That's good news for travellers, good news for
business and good news for the region."
Network Rail has appointed Amey Rail to undertake the work,
which will begin next month and should be completed by the
autumn of 2004.
The 7.5 mile section between Probus and Burngullow
was reduced to single track in 1985 and takes more than 10
minutes for a train to complete. Missing an allocated slot
to pass along the track can lead to substantial delays as
trains from the other direction take precedence.
The SRA expects the scheme will help to generate
8.6m additional passenger miles over a 30-year period, and
283,000 additional passenger journeys.
The £14.3 million investment in the
scheme comprises of £11.3 million granted by the SRA
and £3 million from the Objective One European Regional
For further information contact:
Deborah Clark & Associates
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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