Midland Main Line Electrification

Plans to electrify the Midland Mainline, which will pass through the East Midlands, have been announced by the Government.

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Map of the three Midlands rail routes being electrified

This map shows the three rail routes which will be electrified in the Midlands as part of the investment.

The Midland Mainline route between London St Pancras and Bedford can already run electric trains, and the new investment will mean older diesel engines will be replaced with electric services to Kettering, Corby, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby before heading north to Sheffield.

Lines from Nuneaton South through Coventry to Leamington Spa and onto Oxford will also be electrified, as will the route from Walsall through Cannock to Rugeley.


East Midlands Trains: electrification is good news for passengers

David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains today welcomed the announcement by the Government to fund the electrification of the Midland Main Line and upgrade key sections of the route. It is hoped the investment will:

  • Cut journey times and provide more capacity for future growth
  • Deliver wider economic benefits

“Not only will it be good for the environment, the project will create hundreds of jobs during the construction period, providing an estimated £450m of wider economic benefits to the cities and towns we serve.”

– David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains

Update on Midland Main Line electrification

The Department for Transport have released further details regarding the proposed £9 billion rail investment.

  • Electrification of the Cannock Line between Walsall and Rugeley - hoped to deliver faster local journeys into Birmingham
  • Electrification of the Nuneaton-Oxford route - aiming to create high capacity electric freight route from Southampton
  • Extra 3,900 daily peak-time commutes into Birmingham


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A £9.4bn package of investment across the rail network has been announced today by the Government.

Plans include the electrification of the Midland Mainline in what was hailed by Prime Minister David Cameron as the "biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era".

RMT union criticises Government rail announcement

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have reacted to the Government's rail investment announcement.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said an investment in rail today is what's needed not a 'political promise of jam' tomorrow.

"All of the rail projects on this shopping list have been talked about for years and with the surge in passenger demand we cannot afford further delays like the ongoing Thameslink fleet replacement fiasco.

"We have the chance to create thousands of rail jobs if the politicians wake up and get these projects moving."

"The truth that the Government choose to ignore is that all of these investments could be funded overnight without costing taxpayers or passengers a penny if they called a halt to the multi-billion pound rip off of rail privatisation."

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary
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