Rail electrification plans scrapped by the Government

By Anne Lee on July 21, 2017

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The Government has scrapped the planned electrification of railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North.

Kettering will be affected. Trains from London will stop in Kettering for a longer period of time to switch to a different, non-electrified mode before they continue to Leicester. Once again, the East Midlands seem to be losing out because of cost overruns with other rail projects elsewhere.

This breaks promises made to electrify the railway all the way up to Sheffield. Electrification was not only about faster trains but also about working towards a cleaner environment. The question is: has the Government turned its back on the environmental project?

Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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