Railtrack has announced that the electrification of the Midland Mainline and the TransPennine Express lines will begin again, less than half a century after the last scheduled steam train was withdrawn from service in 1968. According to Sir Peter Hendy, chair of Network Rail, the intervening period has, ‘given us the space to develop a better plan – oh stop laughing…’
Work on electrifying the TransPennine Express Railway , between Manchester and York, and the Midland Mainline, from London to Sheffield, was paused in June for yet another round of hesitation. Now it has been given a guarded whistle and wave of a flag once more.
Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin expressed his delight, adding: ‘I very much look forward to seeing filthy, uncomfortable electric trains on those lines, replacing filthy, uncomfortable diesel trains with their dodgy emissions.’