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Campaigners welcome ‘unpausing’ of rail electrification

30 September 2015

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the Government’s announcement that electrification of the TransPennine line and Midland Mainline will now be restarted.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner for Better Transport, said:

"Campaign for Better Transport has campaigned hard to get the decision to pause the electrification and upgrade work for the Trans Pennine and Midland lines reversed, with our Northern Powercut campaign leading to over 750 emails being sent to the Chancellor demanding action.

"Passengers and communities in the North and Midlands will now be pleased to see the Government deliver this vital rail infrastructure work but given that we are still waiting for the various reviews of Network Rail to report, it's hard to see how these big projects can be delivered in isolation from fixing the rest of the railway.

"Rather than delaying much needed rail improvements, the Government should review the billions it's spending on damaging road building projects that increase traffic and pollution. This money would be better spent upgrading public transport, cycling and walking.”

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For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Department for Transport’s announcement on the restart of electrification of the TransPennine line and Midlands Mainline here - TransPennine and Midland Mainline electrification works to resume
  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s response to the Government’s Road Investment Strategy here - Campaigners respond to Roads Investment Strategy
  • 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).

 

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