Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow Conservative, Taunton Deane

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the benefits of extending rail electrification from Bristol to Taunton.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

No such assessment has been made. Network Rail is currently assessing the case for further electrification of the rail network. It plans to publish a draft update to the industry electrification strategy in early 2016, taking into account the outcome of the review by Sir Peter Hendy of Network Rail’s programme of rail investment.

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