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Case for Midland Main Line upgrade and electrification outlined to government

East Midlands Councils and the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority have written to government strongly urging it to consider the benefits of upgrading and electrifying the Midland Main Line.

A report was produced by the groups and has been sent to transport secretary Justine Greening which outlines the case for the upgrades.

The report says that “in addition to the standard transport benefits stemming from the journey time savings for passengers, the proposals would generate significant wider economic impacts in terms of higher productivity of business, valued at more than £450M over the appraisal period”.

The government released a list of 500 infrastructure projects in the pipeline following last month’s Autumn Statement, which did not include the electrification of the Midland Main Line.


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