My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Tom Harris) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The Department for Transport has today announced a contribution of £18.5 million from the productivity section of the transport innovation fund (TIF) to enhance the Gospel Oak to Barking line, which is an important rail artery through east and north London. The improvements will deliver a number of benefits:
they will enable the line to carry more goods and larger containers from the important and growing ports in the south-east, including the new development at London Gateway (Shell Haven), to other parts of the rail network, including the west coast main line; and
they will provide rail freight customers with an alternative route during future maintenance works on the north London line.
TIF was established by the Future of Transport White Paper (July 2004). Productivity TIF is one part of this fund. It supports packages and schemes that are expected to make a major contribution to the UK’s economy.
Further productivity TIF schemes are still under consideration for funding. Announcements will be made on these on a case-by-case basis.