Council leader issues rallying cry for rail investment in Hull

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Council leader issues rallying cry for rail investment in Hull

Council leader issues rallying cry for rail investment in Hull
2021-10-07 15:43:00
City council leader Daren Hale has issued a rallying cry for key figures across the region to support the upgrade of railway lines in and out of Hull. It comes amid growing speculation that the government's long-awaited integrated rail plan could be published on the same day as Chancellor Rishi Sunak's autumn spending review announcement on October 27. The plan will set out the government's long-term spending proposals for the railway network. For the latest Hull and East Yorkshire news click here. Campaigners are hoping they will include specific funding for the electrification of the lines between Hull and Selby and Hull and Sheffield after ministers rejected a privately-funded proposal to carry out the work five years ago. Cllr Hale has written to councillors, MPs and business leaders across Hull and the East Riding urging them to “collectively raise the profile for electrification and make it clear that the city needs and demands it.” In his letter, he says: “In the current economic environment and without significant lobbying to ministers, electrification of the routes to Hull risks being dismissed as unnecessary and unwanted by the city. The statue of the late poet and Hull University librarian Philip Larkin in Paragon Station (Image: rstebbing) “We must make our voice heard to ensure that the government is clear about the demand and the urgent need for electrification and the benefits to the city it will bring.” Those pushing for the electrification of the line say it needs to be part of a fully electric TransPennine route between Hull and Manchester. It could cut journey times from Hull to Leeds from 57 minutes to 38 minutes, and Hull to Sheffield from 86 minutes to 50 minutes. Cllr Hale, who is a member of the Transport for the North board, added: “For years we have strived to increase our rail connection to Manchester from one train per hour to two. “Instead, we are constantly pushing back against the proposals to add more stops into our service in order to provide a local stopping service for the Manchester and Leeds conurbations. “We do understand that large numbers of people are seeking to move between Leeds and Manchester by rail but it should not be at the expense of another city’s only connection. “In addition, the Bridlington service has been downgraded to peak travel times only until May 2022, completely removing the evening provision on this service. “While this retains some ability to commute it will have a significant impa

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