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Railway Plan Delays
Railway Plan Delays

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Railway Plan Delays

The planned electrification of the TransPennine Express railway line between the cities of Manchester and York has been delayed, there has still not been a completion date set.

Jonathon Reynolds, the Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde had asked the government for an update on the proposed plans. The project which is to electrify the route which connects Manchester, Leeds and York was announced in early November 2011.  Transport Minister Andrew Jones said Network Rail had found “more work” was needed than originally thought of, the work would be delayed and the complete date may not be set, he then added.

This project was part of the wider package of measures to upgrade rail networks as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s ambition to create a northern economic “powerhouse”.

Mr Reynolds was quoted saying he was “Incredibly Disappointed” about the electrification delay, also that “This is unacceptable and I will be writing to the rail minister and Network Rail to demand a meeting with both”. The company said it was revising the scheme so it would not just deliver the advantages of an electrified railway, but will also significantly improve journey times and the capacity.