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DfT grants £15m funding for rail research

The Department for Transport has announced an additional £15 million for a new strategic research programme to be managed by Rail Safety and Standards Board.

Rail minister Tom Harris said the programme would help achieve the long-term goals set out in the Government’s White Paper – such as doubling rail capacity and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Research projects are due to start in spring 2009, and the programme itself will run for five and a half years.