Great Western Main Line

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

The electrification of the main line railway through Devon and Cornwall would be massively challenging and hugely disruptive because of the geography, with a number of bridges, tunnels and steep inclines. Does the Minister share my view that the best way forward for places like Devon and Cornwall is to use bimodal trains that make use of electrification where available, but then have clean diesel engines where electrification is not possible?