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MPs refuse to commit to electrification of Midlands Mainline

MPs refuse to commit to electrification of Midlands mainline Credit: ITV News Central

MPs have refused to commit to the electrification of the Midlands mainline at a debate held in Parliament last night.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said electrification to Corby and Kettering would go ahead as planned but further electrification would be carried out gradually.

The £1.1 billion project was due to be completed in 2023 and would mean quicker and greener journeys between the region and London.

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has said that MPs in the region will continue to press ministers to commit to the whole scheme.

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan Credit: ITV News

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has said:

Last night’s debate revealed that while the Government is committed to electrifying the Midland Mainline to Corby and Kettering and continuing with line speed improvement works MPs, Councils and LEPs are right to be concerned that the commitment to electrify the rest of the mainline to Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby is in doubt.

Midlands MPs will continue to press Ministers to commit to the whole scheme. The Midlands should not be paying the price for cost overruns on other rail projects around the country.

– Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan