Call for decision to be made on Hull rail electrification…

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Call for decision to be made on Hull rail electrification…

Call for decision to be made on Hull rail electrification funding
2021-06-01 13:57:00
Renewed calls are being made for the government to publish its long-awaited rail investment plan which could see the electrification of the main lines to Hull. Political and business leaders across the North say it's time ministers provided certainty on spending and delivery of major rail projects in the region. They have already mapped out a priority list of long and medium-term projects, including the electrification of the line between Hull, Selby and Sheffield. Previous plans to convert the 70-mile route were shelved by the government five years ago amid claims the disruption would outweigh any potential benefits. At the time, Hull Trains had put forward proposals to secure private investment to help fund the work. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Hull Trains managing director Louise Cheeseman with one of the new Hitachi trains (Image: HullLive) Since then, the company has introduced a fleet of new hybrid trains capable of running on both electric and diesel power. Now leading members of Transport for the North have united behind calls for the government to urgently publish its overdue Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) which was first announced over a year ago and had been scheduled for publication in February. Hull City Council leader Councillor Daren Hale, who is a member of the TfN board, said: “The IRP is critical to our levelling up plans in the North. “As part of our ongoing work to transform transport infrastructure in Hull, we need to ensure that our public transport is efficient and reliable. “The electrification of the Hull/Selby and Hull/Sheffield routes is an integral part of a modern, integrated rail network for the North. “We would also wish for the electrification to connect our port as part of a commitment to decarbonisation.” Thje wait goes on for Hull's rail electrification upgrade Earlier this year, the TfN board reluctantly agreed to delay submission of the business case for its own Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals until the IRP was published. The Northern Powerhou

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