Railway Electrification (Lancashire).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 10 July 1935.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider the desirability of recommending to the railway authority concerned the electrification of the railway between Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale, the plans of which were completed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company several years ago, but for some reason were not proceeded with; and whether he will ascertain the possibilities of Treasury assistance to this scheme?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I have brought my hon. Friend's suggestion to the notice of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, who inform me that they are examining the whole of their line with a view to deciding what portions are suitable for electrification. As regards the last part of the question, the Government has already intimated its willingness to consider any useful schemes of this kind which may be put before it, but the initiative must necessarily rest with the undertakings concerned.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this scheme is likely to be most remunerative and very beneficial to trade in a densely populated area?