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Hull North MP Diana Johnson voted in Parliament to spend £50++ billion on HS2, yet is now 'extremely disappointed' to find the '£100 million' rail electrification to Paragon has been cancelled

Hull North MP Diana Johnson voted in Parliament to spend £50++ billion on HS2, yet is now ‘extremely disappointed’ to find the ‘£100 million’ rail electrification to Paragon has been cancelled

How out of touch were those MPs who voted for the £65 billion HS2 scheme, and then expected to see ‘world class Northern Powerhouse Rail’, or a ‘rolling programme of electrification’? The ‘part-privately-financed’ project to electrify the Selby to Hull railway – proposed by train operator First Hull Trains and estimated to cost about £100 million in 2013 – has been abandoned, the BBC reported on 16 November.

[BBC News, 2016-11-16]

The Department for Transport said the introduction of bi-mode trains, powered by diesel or electric, by First Hull Trains and improved services on both the East Coast Mainline and the Northern Rail franchises meant electrification was unnecessary.

Under secretary of state Paul Maynard said in a letter to the area’s MPs: “The passenger benefits can be delivered without the significant disruption of electrification.

“There is almost no further benefit to justify further publicly funded investment and the disruption electrification would bring.”

[…] First Hull Trains has not yet commented.

Although First Hull Trains had promoted the project, their decision to procure bi-mode electro-diesel IEP trains to operate their service to London showed they had little or no serious intent to pursue electrification to Paragon.

[Electrification of Hull to Selby railway line ‘will power future investment’, Hull Daily Mail, 21 March 2014]

Will Dunnett, managing director at First Hull Trains, said: “Electrification is a must-have for the region and will drive improvement to our rail services for many years to come with the promise of new rolling stock in time, better connectivity and faster services.”

Is Selby to Hull rail electrification 'too disruptive'? Or 'too expensive', when £65 billion has to be found for HS2?

Is the ~57.6 km Selby to Hull rail electrification ‘too disruptive’? Or just ‘too expensive’, when £65 billion has to be found for HS2?

The long distance train operator on the Midland Main Line (MML), East Midland Trains, recently proposed a new bi-mode fleet for that route. If every new MML long distance train is going to be equipped with a bank of underfloor diesel engines, one might well ask, what is the point of electrification north of Bedford? If HS2 is going to be built, what is the rationale for electrification north of Bedford?

Mr Maynard is MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys. So Yorkshire residents might wonder, can ‘benefits for Blackpool passengers also be delivered without the significant disruption of electrification’? The railway to Blackpool North was included in the coalition government’s programme of Lancashire electrification works.

The Selby – Hull U-turn looks like more evidence that if the government proceeds with HS2, the modernisation and electrification of classic lines will have to be downscaled massively, to pay for it.

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Written by beleben

November 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

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