Commenting on the announcement that work to electrify the TransPennine and Midland Mainline rail routes is to resume, Adam Marshall, Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses were furious when these vital rail upgrades were shelved — and they will be delighted to see that work is set to resume.

“Network Rail must now demonstrate that it can deliver these upgrades quickly and within budget. Businesses in cities and towns across the Midlands and the North are desperate for improved rail connections and capacity. We cannot afford to see any more stop-start infrastructure projects, as every pause and delay hurts business confidence and ultimately, productivity.”