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Rail electrification: the time is now

14 March 2019

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the Railway Industry Association's Electrification Cost Challenge report [1], which shows that the cost of rail electrification can be significantly reduced if the Government commits to a rolling programme of work.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The scale and pace of rail electrification must increase if we are to tackle air pollution, meet our legally binding climate change targets and reverse the long term underinvestment in transport infrastructure outside of London and the South East. We're calling on the Government to commit to a rolling programme of electrification to invigorate our railways, bringing them into the 21st Century in a way that is affordable."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

1. The Electrification Cost Challenge report can be found on the Railway Industry Association website.

2. 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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