Electrification

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on further electrification of the rail network.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Government's position on electrification was set out in the rail White Paper Delivering a Sustainable Railway published in July 2007, and available on the Department for Transport website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/whitepapercm7176/

The White Paper committed the Government to keeping the case for strategic electrification under review and for considering other schemes on a case-by-case basis.

The Department for Transport has been working closely with the rail industry to examine the case for extending the electrified network.

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