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NAO report confirms Government ‘ditched’ rail electrification schemes due to cost

29 March 2018

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the release today of the National Audit Office (NAO) report which details the findings of its investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to cancel three electrification projects.

Andrew Allen from Campaign for Better Transport said:

"The NAO's report shows the Government ditched electrification schemes which would have delivered environmental gains and health benefits, using proven technology, to cities and towns along these rail lines. Instead they plumped for polluting diesel and the vague promise that hydrogen power might be viable in the future.

“The urgent need to decarbonise transport and the unprecedented awareness of the health costs of air pollution mean the Government should revisit that decision and redouble its support for alternatives energy sources like hydrogen." 

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

  • The NAO report looks at why the decision was taken by the DfT to cancel electrification of Midland Main Line north of Kettering (to Nottingham and Sheffield), Great Western Main Line (Cardiff and Swansea) and Lakes Line (Oxenholme and Windermere).
  • Read the NAO’s full report ‘Investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to cancel three rail electrification projects’
  • 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).