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We’re not supplying, it’s electrifying

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Northern Rail claim they 'are electrifying key rail routes across the NorthWe are electrifying key rail routes across the North to make journeys faster, quieter, and more reliable, claimed Northern Rail (18 Nov 2013).

But Northern Rail, a train operating company (TOC) owned by Serco and Abellio, is not responsible for maintaining or improving the permanent way. Like most TOCs, Northern Rail is focused on value extraction, rather than investment. Money for Northern rail electrification, which mostly comes from British and European taxpayers, is given to Network Rail, not Northern Rail.

It is not really true to say that ‘Network Rail is electrifying key rail routes across the North’, either: it has to engage external contractors to do electrification projects.

By themselves, the Lancashire triangle and Transpennine schemes are too small to improve local connectivity across the North. Places like Burnley, Hull, Scarborough, Bradford, and Teesside look set to be among the victims of the quest to find £50 billion for HS2.

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Written by beleben

November 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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  1. Your last para would not apply if the northern economy’s missing rail link, a forty mile express route between Manchester and Leeds, was part of HS2. If it were built as an extension into Manchester Victoria station of HS2’s fork to Leeds, all those places you’ve mentioned could access each other by rail direct – given an obliging TOC. And HS2’s ninety-five mile fork to Manchester would not be needed.

    hsnorthstart

    November 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm


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