Government announces £200 million electrification programme for North West rail routes

Modernisation of key North West rail routes to improve efficiency and reliability and offer greener transport alternative for commuters.

Posted on 14 December 2009

Modernisation of key North West rail routes to improve efficiency and reliability and offer greener transport alternative for commuters.
 
Reverting from diesel to electric trains along three busy North West routes comes as part of a wider Government rail strategy to meet future increases in demand, promote a move from other transport modes to rail and ensure Britain has the world-class infrastructure it needs.
 
The lines which will be electrified are: the 15 mile line between Huyton and Wigan, allowing electric trains to operate between Liverpool and Wigan via St Helens; the 25 mile route between Manchester and Euxton Junction, allowing electric trains to operate between Manchester and Preston, via Bolton; and the 17 mile route between Blackpool North and Preston, allowing electric trains to operate to Blackpool North from Liverpool and Manchester.
 
Electric trains are more reliable and efficient that diesel trains, with intercity electric trains travelling an average 40 percent further before a technical failure than their diesel equivalent, and commuter trains travelling well over double the distance. This improved reliability for commuters will reduce the potential cost to the regional economy of workers arriving late and will increase the amounts of people using these lines, reducing congestion.    
 
Passengers will also benefit from greener, faster, quieter and more comfortable rail journeys. Electric trains emit between 20 and 35 percent less carbon per passenger mile than a diesel trains and have zero emissions at the point of use which will help to improve air quality in pollution hot spots in city centres and mainline stations.

Source: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=409548&SubjectId=2

Posted under General Interest on 14 December 2009