A union campaign to reverse the Government’s controversial decision to scrap electrification of railway lines in Sheffield, other parts of the North, the Midlands and Wales is being stepped up.
The Midland Main Line was due to be electrified by 2023, in a move transport chiefs said would speed up trains, increase capacity and reduce the need for track maintenance.
The Department for Transport claimed this new technology would cut long-distance journey times from Sheffield by up to 20 minutes and provide more than 1,000 extra peak-time seats an hour to London without the need for ‘disruptive’ electrification works.
Pressure is mounting on the Government to reverse its decision to abandon rail electrification schemes in Yorkshire as critics argue the move will hinder efforts to shave crucial minutes off commuters’ journey times. According to Labour, the changes have effectively … Continue reading