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Cuckoo in the nest

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In September 2016 the Beleben blog suggested that “It is difficult to see how Midland [main line rail] electrification, in its present form, could ever be value for money”.

Actually, with current government policy and industry structure, it is hard to see how any substantial electrification in England and Wales, could be value for money (or fundable). Any project would face the multiple obstacles of Network Rail technical inexpertise, Schedule 8 compensation payments, transport secretary Chris Grayling’s discovery of “new technology” (electro-diesel and, er, hydrogen power), and the “£55.7 billion” HS2 cuckoo in the nest.

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The proportion of electrified rail track in Great Britain is one of the lowest in Europe (The Swiss network is ~100% electrified, and Denmark is moving ahead of Great Britain)

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Written by beleben

July 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

Posted in HS2, Politics

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