A final decision on the Intercity Express Programme will be made at the spending review in October. The Government support further electrification of the rail network, subject to affordability and value for money considerations.
The Government have followed Sir Andrew Foster's recommendations to pause the Intercity Express Programme. In this period, alternatives to the programme will be considered along with a reassessment of related electrification programmes.
Any implications for the Severn Tunnel and wider rolling stock will be known in due course.