Plans to electrify the Midland mainline rail route between Bedford and the East Midlands have been put on hold by the Government.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs the planned upgrade is being paused to allow Network Rail to concentrate on other projects
The Conservatives had promised the electrification would be completed by 2020 and even had a pledge in their General Election manifesto.
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Kettering MP Philip Hollobone says pause in electricfication of Midland main line is "not good news" for his constituency
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone says constituents will be disappointed with pause in electrification of Midland Main line
A £38 billion five year plan to overhaul Britain's railways is being "reset" because it is "costing more and taking longer", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs.
Electrification work will be "paused" on the Midland mainline.
"On the Midland mainline, better services can be delivered on that line before electrification with things such as speed improvement works.
"So work on electrification will be paused. I want it to be done and done well. It will be part of our future plans for the route.
Transport Sec announces work on electricfication of the Midland main line will be paused but remains a plan for future
Electrification of Midland mainline between Bedford & Sheffield via Kettering a Conservative manifesto promise, now that work will be paused
Rail passenger satisfaction levels have dipped particularly on the trains run by Abellio Greater Anglia in the East of England.Read the full story ›
Rail passenger satisfaction levels have dipped particularly on the trains run by Abellio Greater Anglia in the East of England.
The proportion of passengers satisfied with their journey overall has fallen from 82% in spring 2014 to 80% in spring 2015, a survey of 31,000 rail travellers by Transport Focus (formerly Passenger Focus) showed.
The satisfaction rating for Greater Anglia was at 75% down from 80% in autumn 2014. Among the higher scorers was East Coast with 94% of passengers satisfied.
Services on East Midlands Trains between Bedford and London are disrupted because of overhead line problems.
A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said,"Services travelling between Bedford and Luton are experiencing delays thismorning (Saturday 10 May) due to an overhanging wire between Bedford andLeagrave which is affecting a number of train operators.
"Rail replacement buses are being put into place but passengers are advisedto check before they travel. Tickets can be used on any reasonable routeson London Buses and London Underground and tickets are being accepted onEast Coast and Virgin trains.
There are calls for later train services on the Bittern Line, which serves north Norfolk.
More than 300 people have signed a petition backing the call. At the moment the last train runs before 11pm.
Passengers have complained that they’ve had to leave events in Norwich early to catch the train home to places like Sheringham, Cromer and North Walsham.
National Express train operator c2c has been shortlisted for two prestigious international awards in the inaugural European Rail Congress Awards.
c2c, which runs trains from Fenchurch Street to east London and south Essex, has been shortlisted for the European Commuter Operator of the Year award, with other finalists including train companies from France and Austria.
Also Thorpe Bay station in Essex has been shortlisted for the Small European Station of the Year award, following its £650,000 transformation last year into c2c’s flagship first “smart station”. It faces competition in the final round from the likes of the City Airport Terminal in Vienna.
The rail operator Greater Anglia says it's been a positive first 15 months with progress in punctuality and customer satisfaction.Read the full story ›