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Railways: North of England

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL1021, tabled on 1 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their policy to pause rail electrification was not reflected in the debate in the House on 17 June on transport in the north of England in the context of the Minister's comment on the relationship between electrification and Government's northern powerhouse aspirations.

Answered on

15 July 2015

The delay to Transpennine electrification was already known, and therefore I didn’t specifically mention the delay in my opening. As it was in the public domain, several Lords referenced the delay in their speeches. I acknowledged the concerns about the delay in my closing speech and have written to the Lords in more detail to address their concerns.