The comments made by Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, on 21 December 2021.
Last month, I promised we would get on with delivering the Integrated Rail Plan by Christmas and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Today marks the beginning of a transformation of rail journeys for the Midlands and the North, where we will slash journey times and build better connections between towns, cities and everywhere in between.
Under our plans, people won’t have to wait 2 decades for better services. This unprecedented investment will deliver better railways sooner.