Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th January 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water), Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify all or part of the Great Western mainline between Penzance, Plymouth and Paddington in the next Network Rail control period.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

There are no immediate plans to electrify all or part of the Great Western mainline between Penzance, Plymouth and Paddington in the next Network Rail control period. However, Network Rail is currently preparing a Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS), which is due to report in 2020. This will indicate where routes might be electrified or where hydrogen or battery trains could be deployed. The TDNS will therefore inform future decisions about electrification.

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