Sheffield MP brands rail decision a “betrayal”

THE planned upgrade of the main line connecting Sheffield to London was scrapped today.

The Government announced the electrification of the Midland mainline between Sheffield and Nottingham would not go ahead.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling insisted the use of better trains would make the work unnecessary.

Mr Grayling said: “We are making the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era and upgrading services across the country, including in Wales, the Midlands and the North.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/sheffield-mp-brands-rail-decision-a-betrayal-1-8659969

MML electrification stopped in its tracks

The Government has pulled the plug on completing a £1.5 billion project to electrify the key rail line to Sheffield.

The Midland Mainline (MML) is a key route between London St Pancras and the Sheffield city region via the East Midlands. The scheme was set to deliver more seats, improved performance and more space for freight on one of Britain’s oldest railways.

Now, instead of the line being electrified beyond Kettering, new bi-mode intercity trains are to be introduced from 2022 that are able to run on both electrified and non-electrified lines. Currently, some trains operating on the route are 40 years old.

Read on… http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2017/07/news-5571-mml-electrification-stopped.html

Rail electrification plans scrapped by government

The government has scrapped the planned electrification of railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government will instead introduce faster trains with more seats and better on-board facilities.

He said: “We are making the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era.”

Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, accused him of “taking people for a ride”.

Routes between Cardiff and Swansea, and between Kettering, Nottingham and Sheffield, and between Windermere and Oxenholme will be affected.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40669869

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7 Responses to Sheffield MP brands rail decision a “betrayal”

  1. MK007 says:

    So local Labour want their own personal HS2 diversion but complain when the electrification budget is used. Serves you right, should have stopped it and helped the faster cheaper line to offer competition.

  2. trambuster says:

    So, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield said: ““This is a betrayal of promises made to Sheffield not once but twice. The Government said that electrification would bring cleaner, faster and more reliable services for passengers. Now they’re saying Sheffield can’t have it.”

    Er, well, on the combined subjects of Sheffield, rail and betrayal, how does Blomfield feel about the way that Sheffield and their mate Grayling, betrayed the rest of the Sheffield City Region in its wholly selfish approach to HS2??

    I do hope that Blomfield and Grayling don’t feel too abused by my outburst, because I know just how sensitive they are to being challenged. Oooh, perhaps we should have a House of Lords debate about abuse of “quality” people like those two will stop the likes of them entering into politics.

  3. Debz says:

    Northern Powerhouse? The government are laughing at us

  4. Chuffin train says:

    Hes niave.
    They betrayed other areas in south yorkshire and bolsover and looked after sheffield.
    Then tories shafted them.

    Basic divide and rule by tories.

    What goes around…cums around paul.

  5. Chuffin train says:

    Hes niave.
    They betrayed other areas in south yorkshire and bolsover and looked after sheffield.
    Then tories shafted them.

    Basic divide and rule by tories.

    What goes around…cums around paul.

  6. Timawells says:

    I don’t want HS2. But if it is going to happen. The station should have been at Meadowhall and the supertram would have given those in Sheffield a link into the city.

  7. MK007 says:

    Meadowhall should have a big and cheap long stay car park so the rest of South Yorkshire doesn’t have to crawl into Sheffield. Meadowhall to Sheffield is 8 minutes by train.

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