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Hammond approves £4.5bn Intercity Express Programme

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has given the go-ahead for a £4.5bn Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and £704m plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Cardiff, Bristol and Didcot.

The announcement means that the IEP procurement programme will now be resumed with  the Agility Trains (Hitachi and John Laing) consortium replacing 30-year old intercity high speed trains. Although the project has been sharply reduced from the original 1400-train,...

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