The Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Thames Valley region yesterday to highlight the government’s commitment to upgrading Britain’s rail infrastructure and boost the trades.
As part of its long-term economic plan, the government is committed to improving train journeys for hundreds of thousands of people as well as helping local businesses by stimulating economic growth.
On a visit to one of the Great Western upgrade projects in Berkshire, the Prime Minister saw for himself the latest works to remove a bottleneck near Reading station.
The Reading Elevated Railway is a part of the £850 million improvements to the Reading network, which is one of the busiest in the country.
The 2 kilometre long elevated railway project, which has a workforce of 400 people, is running a year ahead of schedule and under budget.
It will help make journeys quicker and more comfortable for hundreds of thousands of hardworking people and businesses as well as increasing capacity to meet the expected rise in passenger numbers in the future.
Speaking earlier this week on visiting rail and road projects, as part of a week focused on infrastructure, Mr Cameron said: Ensuring Britain has first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long term economic plan: supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people.
“As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, this government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hardworking people, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families.”
The ongoing work to upgrade a section of the Great Western represents just one part of a £7 billion programme of investment in the line which is the highest of any rail route in the UK.