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Minister declines to comment on immediate future of Hull’s rail electrification
2021-11-05 08:20:00
Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris has declined to confirm whether the electrification of the main rail line in and out of Hull will feature in new railway spending plans. The government's much-delayed Integrated Rail Strategy (IRS) mapping out long-term investment in the railway network is expected to be finally published later this month. For the latest Hull and East Yorkshire news click here. City leaders are hoping the electrification of the line from Hull to Selby and Sheffield will be included after a previous privately-financed proposal was rejected by the Department of Transport seven years ago. Hull MPs, senior city councillors and officials Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce have united behind a new push to persuade ministers to give the scheme the go-ahead as a priority as part of the IRS. But in a letter to Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy, transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris side-steps directly answering a question on whether the project will be included in any immediate spending plans. Instead, he only confirms it has been recommended for inclusion in a programme of decarbonisation works by Network Rail which is due to run until 2050. Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris (Image: members.parliament.uk) He said: “The government is committed to rail decarbonisation to meet our target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and electrification will play an important part in this. This commitment was set in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDO). “To deliver that, the department will consider pote

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