LEP welcomes faster trains
The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership today welcomed the Government announcement of the electrification of the entire Midland Mainline between Sheffield and the south of England.
James Newman, Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“We are delighted that the Government is investing in this important project as this is clearly very good news for businesses, jobs and economic growth in the Sheffield City Region.
“The LEP has worked closely with a wide range of businesses and business organisations, MPs, local politicians and the media to present a united voice to Government with the clear message that electrification of the Midland Mainline is critical to creating jobs and ensuring future economic growth for the City Region.
”We are delighted that this joined up approach to lobbying and working in partnership across the City Region has been so successful and that the hard work of the Integrated Transport Authority in the Sheffield City Region in coordinating the business case for this investment has paid off.
“We are especially pleased that Government has listened to the needs of business the City Region and we look forward to reaping the benefits that electrification will bring to everyone.”
This news forms part of Transport Secretary Justine Greening announcement of more than £9 billion of growth-boosting railway upgrades across England and Wales – representing faster journey times, more reliable services and capacity for 140,000 extra daily commutes by train.
New schemes totaling £4.2bn unveiled today include the creation of a high-capacity “electric spine” running from Yorkshire and the West Midlands to South Coast ports allowing more reliable electric trains to cut journey times and boost capacity for passengers and freight. This includes an £800m electrification and upgrade from Sheffield – through Nottingham, Derby and Leicester – to Bedford, completing the full electrification of the Midland Main Line out of London St Pancras.
The full £9.4bn programme of improvements to the rail network published today will meet the needs of intercity passengers, commuters and freight up to the end of this decade while the Government continues to work on High Speed 2 to deliver rail capacity for the British economy in the decades to come.