As part of the spending cuts that the new coalition government are making, the £7.5bn project the previous government were planning on spending on replacing 125 Intercity trains could be scrapped. This could lead to passengers continuing to travel on 30+ year-old trains on some of Britain’s most popular routes.

The announcement of this review was made by Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond. If this goes ahead, around 12,500 jobs that the previous government said would have been safeguarded by the project are also in jeopardy. The contract, obtained by consortium Agility Trains, stated that 70% of the project would be done in Britain with a new factory built in one of three locations, either Sheffield, Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire or Gateshead.

A quote from the consortium in the Telegraph newspaper said:

“We have expressed our commitment to continue working with the Department for Transport to respond to the points in the report, and to find an affordable solution which meets the government’s objectives.”