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Railways: Electrification

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential for electrification of those main line railway lines served exclusively by diesel locomotives at present. (217718)

The Department for Transport is working closely with the rail industry to re-examine the business case for electrification, explore how costs can be reduced and to agree priority schemes. This assessment will include those main line railway lines served exclusively by diesel locomotives at present. The aim is to produce an indicative implementation plan by the end of 2008.