Local leaders react to latest Midland Mainline news
The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Combined Authority have cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision to restart electrification work on the Midland Mainline from London to Sheffield. The work, which was temporarily paused by Network Rail in June this year, will now be delivered four years later than was originally planned.
Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “Whilst it is good news that Network Rail will restart electrification work on the Midland Mainline, I am extremely disappointed that it will now take a further four years to complete. I would urge the Government to revisit this decision and look for ways in which this important programme can be sped-up. The prompt delivery of this electrification work is a vital part of our plans to build an economic powerhouse in the North.”
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Whilst business leaders will welcome news that the programme has been restarted, there will be widespread disappointment in the decision to delay the project by four years. The delay to this work will impact on many rail businesses in the Sheffield City Region, as well the various supply chains which will have been readying themselves for work to be completed so much sooner.”