Railways: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 27 June 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the target date to fully electrify the UK rail network is.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to fully electrify the UK rail network.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Rail Network enhancements pipeline (RNEP) makes clear that all rail enhancements must be led by the needs that they are fulfilling rather than the methods by which they propose to fulfil them.

We do not, therefore, expect proposals for new enhancements to begin with a pre-defined solution or input, such as electrification, but rather to set out the case for making an intervention to support a desired outcome.

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