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(White) elephant in the corner

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On 22 January, the Secretary of State Chris Grayling is “given the opportunity to produce the information previously requested by the [House of Commons Transport] Committee, explain his responses to requests for further information from the Committee, and outline the reasoning that underpins his decision to replace three rail electrification schemes with bi-mode trains”.

The (white) elephant in the corner

[House of Commons Transport Committee, 21 December 2017]

[…] In July, the Secretary of State announced that bi-mode trains would be used instead of rail electrification schemes on three lines:

* Midland Mainline (MML), north of Kettering to Sheffield and Nottingham
* Great Western Mainline (GWML), west of Cardiff
* And on the Lakes Line (LL) between Windermere and Oxenholme

The case of the Midland Main Line (MML) electrification is particularly interesting, because — incredibly — the original cost-benefit assessment pretended that the HS2 project did not exist.

Of course, the HS2 business case is predicated on transferring intercity journeys from existing lines (especially trips to and from London). When the Midland electrification assessment was very belatedly re-done to factor in the impact of HS2, the economic case collapsed.

Updated appraisal of MML upgrade for DfT, 2016

The Transport Committee, other MPs, “stakeholders”, and the public were kept completely in the dark about this. One of the results of this secrecy was the embarrassing Commons debate on 7 November 2016, in which honourable members took turns to emphasise the ‘strong benefit-cost ratio’ of the MML scheme.

On 22 January 2018, the Secretary of State Chris Grayling is given the opportunity to speak to the Commons transport committee

Written by beleben

January 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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    Equivication, obsfucation and mutual incomprehension?


    January 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

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