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Taunton-Penzance Railway Line: Electrification

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of (a) the advantages and (b) the disadvantages of electrification of the main railway line between Taunton and Penzance; and if he will make a statement. (253694)

Electrification makes most sense on busier routes, such as the Midland main line and parts of the Great Western main line, where the high cost of installing new electrification infrastructure can be offset by the lower costs of running electric trains.

A cross-industry working group led by Network Rail is assessing the case for electrifying a wide range of lines. The group is expected to publish its conclusions at the end of March.