Conservative betrayal on Midland Main Line electrfication

Midland Main Line electrification has been “paused” by the Conservatives.
A betrayal of Notts / Derbys / Leices.
So much for the “Midlands engine room”.
Conservative MPs were not short of proclaiming victory on the works before the General Election.
20120716b0283h Anna Soubry on MML electrification
And with bizarre consequences – major works in Notts about to happen on bridges in order to support electrification.
A former railway colleague writes “This is crazy. On the 1st July Station Road Kegworth is to be closed for 6 months to allow the railway bridge to be rebuilt for the electification followed immediately by Marle Pit Hill bridge at Sutton Bonington followed by that on the Hathern Rd. We are therefore faced with road disruption for several years. What for? So that the electrification can be cancelled? … I notice this came after the election – doing it before would have dented the Conservative vote.”
I won’t forget the Conservatives lining up in Parliament when the 5 year programme was announced – so weird to see so many Conservatives seem so pro-rail.  

Nicky Morgan MP
Tuesday, 8 April, 2014
… “ … with the electrification of the Midland Mainline rail passengers in Loughborough can look forward to cleaner, greener trains and a faster service which should lead to greater investment in our area.”

Anna Soubry MP
Monday, 16 July, 2012
Anna had a meeting with the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, a few weeks ago and explained the considerable benefits a modern railway line to London and up to Sheffield will bring to Broxtowe (in particular Beeston) and Greater Nottingham.

Nigel Mills MP
July 17, 2012
“I would like to welcome the announcement made on July 16th by Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Transport, that the Government has green-lighted an £800 million investment in the electrification of the Midland Mainline, part of its £9 billion investment in UK infrastructure.”

Postscript (27 June):
Lilian Greenwood, Nottingham South MP and Labour spokesperson for the railways writes –
“When Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said a fortnight ago that he did “not want to see any downgrading of our electrification programme”, I was still optimistic that the Midland Main Line might be spared the axe.
Those hopes were dashed on Thursday when it was announced that work on the project was being halted. Forget the euphemistic claim that electrification has been ‘paused’ – to all extents and purposes, Midland Main Line electrification has been cancelled. … “
Read more at the Nottingham Post:


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