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About the Midland unpause

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Tony Roe

Tony Roe

The 4 October 2015 edition of BBC tv’s Sunday Politics East Midlands included a snippet about the ‘unpausing’ of Midland Main Line electrification.

Donald Hislop

Donald Hislop

All the talking heads on the show spoke approvingly of the benefits of the scheme but lamented the implementation delay, etc.

Scott Knowles

Scott Knowles

But what was never explained, were the exact benefits. So, what exactly are the benefits of MML electrification, in its present form?

Written by beleben

October 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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  1. Dear beleben,

    There is a post looking at this very issue on The benefits of slippage are illusory. Less people and investment year on year will lead to an overall increase in project costs. This is about an overall reduction in infrastructure investment as the budget is hollowed out by the ever more rapacious need to divert cash to HS2.

    John Porter

    October 6, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  2. Well for a start it could be the trigger to get some WCML Class 1 & 2 trains to be diverted from BLY via BDM and NUN especially if peripheral infill wires can use the existing raised bridges for Felixstowe-Nuneaton W12 clearance (and how much to do on BLY-BDM?)

    A highly feasable option for connection around West Hampstead or Maiden Lane (or use of the existing South Tottenham-Barking link, could offer an alternative freight route from E London avoiding Camden Junction or Willesden Junction, potentially allowing longer blockades on WCML with the alternative route in place.

    A few other tweaks would then deliver the Midland Main Line as a parallel route, more closely integrated with WCML. Eg restoring long abandoned but relatively short link to connect from St Albans Abbey line to MML and terminating shuttle at St Albans City (not the Hatfield-St Albans line)

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    October 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    • You’re arguing for a different and better scheme. The present scheme seems to be a pig in a poke.


      October 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  3. As it currently stands, the Midland Electrification is to enable Leicester to be turned into a suburb of London. It has enough ethnic people in it that the London commuters will feel like they are still living in the capital, which planners hope will see the change resemble the “Peterborough effect” on the ECML.

    It enables the Great Central Railway to finish their gap project by darkly warning of a deadline for fund raising for their otherwise impossible to fund bridge.

    It enables Nottingham to think that it is just inside the commuter belt for London.
    It enables Derby to think that it is just inside the commuter belt for London.

    It enables Sheffield to position itself like Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester – I.e. “At the other end of the railway line,” a phenomenon less documented, but which attracts people who

    Can’t afford to live in London – Artists and creative industry types, of which Sheffield insists it has a lot.

    Don’t need to live in London – The huge asylum seeker population/decant of people from social housing.

    Don’t have to live in London….and yet love the idea of London being less than two hours away as a method of avoiding having to confront the awkward reality of their not being in London and so potentially being/feeling like they are failures for not having “made it” there. (People who have normal jobs.)

    Those are the benefits that accrue from this scheme. That and the fact that Sheffield is Nick Clegg’s home constituency and it was a Coalition project.


    October 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    • I’m skeptical about the London commuter belt extending to Nottingham, even with HS2. Average wages in London are only about £5k higher than Nottingham, while an HS2 season ticket would be £13k. HS2 estimate that the Toton station would only support 150 houses.
      About 1% of Nottinghamshire’s workforce currently commutes to London and there is a good hourly service that takes 90 minutes from near Toton.
      Certainly Nottinghamshire councils should fight against becoming part of the London commuter belt – they’ll lose jobs, workers & ammenities – but councillors have absolutely no understanding whatsoever of high-speed rail or its impact. Nor do they wish to acquire it. There’s an old quote about it being difficult to explain something to someone when their job depends upon them not understanding.


      October 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

  4. And all this with just four MML platforms at st Pancras!


    October 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

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