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.
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.
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.