Thursday, 1 October 2015

TransPennine and Midland Mainline Electrification Scheme Back on Track

UK Railway News




Two rail upgrades, the electrification of the Transpennine line and the Midland Mainline, shelved by the government in June 2015, are to be restarted.

 
The restarting of George Osborne's broken promise to provide major transport enhancements as part of a new "northern powerhouse", will include a revised timetable and specifications.

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: "...This government will see through and build a better, faster and more reliable railway in the North and Midlands."


Midland Mainline Map

Electrification as far north as Corby, on the Midland Mainline in Northamptonshire, will be completed this decade, with the full electrification of the whole line taking until 2023. Transpennine electrification should be finished in 2022.

Shadow transport secretary, Lilian Greenwood, said: "It's welcome that they've changed course, after the outcry from passengers and Labour's Don't Pull the Plug campaign."

Network Rail chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, said: "The temporary pause in the programme has given us the space to develop a better plan for passengers.  People can expect more services and faster journeys."


A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video






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