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North Wales Coast Railway Line: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Rob Roberts Rob Roberts Conservative, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify the entirety of the North Wales train line.

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

There are currently no plans to electrify the North Wales Coast Line.

The Department has funded extensive development work, through a series of Strategic Outline Business Cases (SOBCs) announced at the Autumn 2017 Budget, to identify where further investment into the Welsh rail network could make a real difference to the people and economy of Wales. Based on the findings of the SOBCs, we are taking enhancement proposals, including journey time improvements along the North Wales Coast Main Line between Llandudno and Chester, through the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline (RNEP), subject to a better understanding and assurance of likely costs.

In addition, the Network Rail-led Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy is developing costed options about the use of electrification and new technologies. This work is a priority for the Department and for Network Rail. It will conclude this year to inform Government decisions about the scale and pace of further rail decarbonisation as part of our Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

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