Anna Soubry MP welcomes Midland Mainline electrification

An announcement will be made on Monday and Anna added “I hope we also get good news about reopening the railway station at Ilkeston.”

“I saw the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, again on Thursday to press the case and we had a very positive conversation. I had a meeting with Justine and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan a few weeks ago and we explained the considerable benefits a modern railway line to London and up to Sheffield would bring to the East Midlands.”

“If we get the decision we all want it will be a third major investment in Greater Nottingham’s infrastructure. In just two years the Government has ploughed hundreds of millions of pounds into our area with the dualling of the A453, the two tram extensions and now £500 million to improve our railway line. It has to be said the last Government failed to come anywhere near this sort of investment in Greater Nottingham.”

Anna was one of the first MP’s to back the campaign which brought together local authorities and businesses throughout the East Midlands “MP’s of all parties spoke in a Parliamentary debate on the need to improve Midland Mainline and I’d like to pay particular tribute to Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan who led the Parliamentary campaign and Notts County Council who made an outstanding economic case for the electrification and upgrading.”

MP’s, Notts County and City Councils have come together to support the modernisation of Midland Mainline which would involve major re-signalling schemes around Derby and Leicester, a number of line speed improvements, longer trains, and the electrification of the line from Bedford to Sheffield via Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Chesterfield. Taken together, these proposals will:

·         reduce the cost of the railway by up to £60 million per annum;

·         result in £450 million of wider economic benefits over the appraisal period;

·         Improve freight access by providing ‘W10’ gauge clearance throughout the route;

·         create hundreds of jobs during construction;

·         lead to significant journey time savings between major centres of economic activity;

·         cut carbon emissions by 13,000 tonnes per annum.