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 served as a Councillor for Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council for a number of years.

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