Plans to electrify Midland Main Line
Plans for a possible electrification of a key main-line rail route were outlined today by Network Rail.
The rail infrastructure company said there was "an attractive business" case for electrification of the Midland Main Line from London to Sheffield.
Network Rail said that the work would pay for itself over 60 years in cheaper running costs and maintenance.
Midland Main Line trains run north from London's St Pancras station to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, with the London to Bedford section already electrified.
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Earlier this year, the Government gave the go-ahead for a £1bn electrification of the Great Western line between London and Swansea.
Whitehall also gave the green light to electrification of the Liverpool to Manchester line, but the Government has not yet committed to Midland Main Line electrification.
Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher said today: "Passengers would see enormous benefits from further electrification with faster, quieter, smoother, greener journeys.
"The case for the Midland Main Line is extremely strong. Affordability and bringing down the cost of such projects are key if they're to get the green-light."