Funding for railway line

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TRANSPORT bosses have received a multi-million pound Government cash injection which will help boost the Hope Valley railway line.

The funding will mean extra train services and faster journey times for passengers who use the popular line linking Sheffield and Manchester.

The upgrade forms part of Network Rail’s Northern Hub campaign, which received £130m from the Government in last week’s Budget.

A spokesman for the Hope Valley Railway Users Group said: “This is very good news, coming on top of our success last December with the introduction of an extra train in the evening rush hour.”

The Northern Hub project aims to provide faster, more frequent rail services in a bid to stimulate economic growth in the area.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the cash injection was “great news”.

He added: “It means more trains, faster connections and less overcrowding for people travelling between Sheffield and Manchester.

“It is good for passengers and good for business.”

Network Rail’s Chief Executive David Higgins said: “This announcement is a welcome show of confidence in rail, bringing benefits to passengers as well as driving economic growth.”

Network Rail has said the overall Northern Hub project will provide 700 extra trains a day for three-and-a-half million more people to travel by rail every year.

It is understood that the Government will announce further details in the summer.

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