Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to electrify the Midland Mainline from London to Leicester.

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

We are currently investing in the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870. From December 2020, there will be faster journeys in the peak and more seats, with a fleet of brand new bi-mode trains starting service in 2022.

As part of the upgrade, electrification is currently planned to extend from London to Kettering in 2020, and subsequently Market Harborough, subject to design. Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, currently being developed, will identify the other areas of the network likely to need electrification to decarbonise the railway.

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