Reaction to “pause” in Midland Mainline electrification

Published 26th June 2015 at 3:20pm

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authority have reacted to the Government’s decision to ‘pause’ electrification work on the Midland Mainline from London to Sheffield.

Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said:

“Sheffield City Region is extremely disappointed the Government has chosen to pause the long-awaited and much-needed investment in the electrification of the Midland Mainline railway.

“We urge Government to set a new deadline for when work will commence.

“Certainty is crucial for supply chains to gear up for delivery, this statement is far from certain.

“We sincerely hope this does not impact on the further planned improvements to Sheffield train station and the Hope Valley line which are key components in the vision for the Northern Powerhouse.”

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“Local business leaders will be very disappointed in the Government’s decision to pause work on the last mainline to London which was set to be electrified.

“Sheffield City Region is home to a number of rail businesses and the uncertainty created by today’s announcement will impact on their confidence in this important project.”

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