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Passengers let down as Great Western electrification projects are deferred

8 November 2016

Responding to Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP’s announcement today that four electrification projects along the Great Western route are being deferred, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We are very disappointed by this announcement. In uncertain times for the economy we need investment in infrastructure and delays or cancellations are not helpful. It's not fair to tell passengers to expect big improvements in services and then at the last minute decide you're not going to deliver them. The Government should set out how and when services on the lines affected are now going to be improved to cope with growing demand. More generally, passengers need reassurance from the Government and Network Rail that there are no more skeletons in the closet and that budgeting is genuinely now under control.” 


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read Paul Maynard MP’s announcement in full on the Department for Transport website.


  1. The four projects being deferred are:
  • electrification between Oxford and Didcot Parkway
  • electrification of Filton Bank (Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads)
  • electrification west of Thingley Junction (Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads)
  • electrification of Thames Valley Branches (Henley & Windsor).
  1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).