£7.5bn rail sceme faces axe [Yorkshire Evening Post]

Date: 17/09/2010

Plans to buy a new fleet of express trains to cut journey times between West Yorkshire and London could be ditched despite the last government splashing out £26m on the project. Transport minister Theresa Villiers said the coalition was assessing whether to extend the life of the East Coast Mainline's ageing InterCity 125s instead of buying new trains. Her comments, during a parliamentary debate, will heighten fears that the proposed £7.5bn Inter City Express Programme (IEP) will not survive this month's spending review. [From Scott Markwell]

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