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On 20 July 2017, transport secretary Chris Grayling MP cancelled the ‘unpaused’ Midland Main Line electrification north of Kettering. However, at the time of writing, Network Rail’s project page still says “397 miles of track” are to be electrified, and “12,500 masts” erected.

Many of Mr Grayling’s “justice” policies were reversed, so one might argue that Midland electrification could be ‘uncancelled’ at some point.

Network Rail, 'Midland Main Line improvement' at 31 Aug 2017

Network Rail, ‘Midland Main Line improvement’ at 31 Aug 2017

In the view of the Beleben blog, Midland electrification would be viable, if HS2 phase two were cancelled. The case would be stronger, if north – south railfreight were re-routed over the Midland (and Settle and Carlisle), allowing more passenger trains on the West Coast Main Line, and cancellation of HS2 phase one.

Written by beleben

August 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Posted in HS2, Politics

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