May­nard: wiring must bring ben­e­fits

Rail (UK) - - Network -

Govern­ment will only elec­trify lines where “it de­liv­ers a gen­uine ben­e­fit to pas­sen­gers”, ac­cord­ing to Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard.

Re­spond­ing to a Com­mons Writ­ten Ques­tion from Mo­ham­mad Yasin (Labour, Bed­ford), re­gard­ing any pos­si­ble re­view into the de­ci­sion to can­cel Mid­land Main Line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, May­nard claimed that plans for bi-mode trains and 12-car elec­tric mul­ti­ple units on the elec­tri­fied sec­tion south of Corby and Ket­ter­ing would en­able re­duced jour­ney times.

“This will de­liver im­proved jour­neys sooner, and is part of de­liv­er­ing the big­gest up­grade of the Mid­land Main Line since it opened in 1870,” he said.

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