The Government wishes to assure itself that the volumes and costs of operations and maintenance activity are reasonable and affordable in order to fulfil its statutory role to set a Statement of Funds Available (SoFA). Once this work has taken place, Government will confirm the SoFA in October 2017. There is also an emerging requirement to renew and significantly enhance Network Rail assets in Crewe and between there and Weaver Junction where Government is working with HS2 and Network Rail to produce an integrated solution.
The Government is committed to ensuring that every part of Britain benefits from our investment in the railways. Improvements in rail services can be delivered by new trains and a range of infrastructure improvements. The Government keeps under close review what options will ensure the maximum value to taxpayers, passengers and freight users.