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Railways: Electrification

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they have rejected any further significant extensions of railway electrification. [HL2039]

The Government have not rejected further significant extensions of railway electrification. The Government's long-term strategic framework for rail, which will be published in the summer, will include an assessment of the current case for additional electrification. This will take account of the operational and environmental benefits that electric trains currently offer compared with diesel. However, it will also reflect the cost of installing and maintaining electrification infrastructure and the improvements expected over time in the operational and environmental performance of diesel trains.