Government abandons electrification

20 July 2017

The government today announced that it was halting plans to fully electrify the Midland Main Line, the Great Western Line and parts of the Lake District. In a masterclass of Orwellian doublespeak the Secretary of State for Transport said passengers would not have to put up with ‘disruptive electrification works’ and ‘intrusive wires and masts.’


Commenting on the news ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘It’s yet another reminder of the lack of ambition for the future which has beset the railway since privatisation and confirms that the government’s rail policy is no more than make do and mend.’


Mick continued ‘Bi-mode trains are more expensive, less reliable and slower to accelerate than electric trains. Passengers on packed trains today will be on even more packed trains in 10 years’ time’


Mick added ‘The failure of successive governments to develop a transport strategy has been a huge impediment to economic growth and social mobility which will only be worsened in a post-Brexit Britain.’




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