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Midland Main Railway Line: Electrification

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 29270, tabled on 13 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to electrify the Midland Mainline from London to Leicester.

Answered on

19 March 2020

We are currently investing in the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870. From December 2020, there will be faster journeys in the peak and more seats, with a fleet of brand new bi-mode trains starting service in 2022.

As part of the upgrade, electrification is currently planned to extend from London to Kettering in 2020, and subsequently Market Harborough, subject to design. Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, currently being developed, will identify the other areas of the network likely to need electrification to decarbonise the railway.