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Intercity train replacement programme to go ahead

UK newspapers arte reporting that ministers will announce this week that the fleet of ageing Intercity trains is to be replaced, at a cost of £7.5bn.

A consortium including Hitachi and the British infrastructure project manager John Laing were selected as the preferred bidders on the contract over 18 months ago.

Source closes to Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, say that "we will be replacing the old Intercity trains with a fleet that will make journey times quicker and more reliable".

Ministers are keen to stress that even with public spending cuts they aim to preserve vital infrastructure projects, especially in the transport field. Business organisations including the British Chambers of Commerce have urged them to press on with these pro-growth projects.

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