Department for Transport written question – answered at on 24 June 2020.

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Photo of Darren Henry Darren Henry Conservative, Broxtowe

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail services in (a) Nottinghamshire, (b) the East Midlands, and (c) England.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

East Midlands Railway will introduce additional trains in 2021 to bring more carriages on regional routes and a fully refurbished fleet is planned. The £1.5 billion investment to deliver the Midland Mail Line Upgrade will enable at least a 70 per cent increase in seats and quicker peak journeys to London for the Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

In England as a whole, we are currently delivering a significant programme of investment to upgrade both the infrastructure and the trains on our railway. The Government is committed to invest around £48 billion in maintaining and upgrading the rail network in the period from 2019 to 2024, focused on increasing reliability and punctuality for passengers.

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