Engineers Support New Investment

29th March, 2011
The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) has welcomed a ?45 million rail improvement project running between Swindon and Gloucestershire.

The scheme is part of a government ?200 million investment programme in regional rail announced by the Chancellor in Wednesday?s budget.

The project will entail a doubling of the 12.5-mile single track between Swindon in Wiltshire and Kemble in Gloucestershire and should be completed by Spring 2014.

Trish Johnson, Regional Director of ICE South West said: ?We are pleased to see government investment in rail is still going ahead despite the cuts.

?It is an essential part of a move towards a low carbon economy that we continue to invest in public transport.

?The improvement to this track will improve reliability and support faster rail times, particularly when electrification is introduced.  It will reduce the commute time to London significantly, helping to facilitate business growth and development.?