VERY LIGHT RAIL: a viable lead to reopenings?

As things stand, the winners of the third round of the Department for Transport’s Restoring your Railway fund are expected to be announced in the autumn at the earliest, with a question-mark over whether the long-awaited Spending Review will come first.

There is considerable pressure on rail budgets: Network Rail’s enhancement budget has been slashed by around £1 billion – and with uncertainty about passenger numbers as we emerge from the pandemic, it is unlikely those pressures will ease.

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