Electrification of Midland Main Line paused

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, has responded to the Secretary of State for Transport’s announcement that the electrification of Midland Main Line will be paused.

 Patrick McLoughlin MP has announced the pausing of the project as part of a major shake-up of Network Rail following recent poor performance and delays to current upgrade works on the Great Western Main Line.

 However his statement did reaffirm a commitment to the future electrification of the Midland Main Line and also announced other improvements to increase capacity, reliability and speed along the route.  These include increasing the number of trains leaving St. Pancras on the line from 5 to 6 per hour.

 Anna said:

 “The electrification of the line will not be ‘scrapped’ as speculated by the press but it is being paused.  Clearly this is disappointing but given the wider circumstances the decision is understandable.”

 “The Secretary of State made it clear that electrification of the Midland Main Line will happen, albeit not as quickly as expected.  I’m also pleased to hear that Network Rail will be pressing ahead with other huge improvements which should make a real difference, including increasing the line’s hourly capacity from St. Pancras.”

 “Network Rail’s new chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, will publish a full report on how they can bring delivery of their upgrades back on track and we’ll know more about when the electrification will take place at that time.”