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Railways: Electrification

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 185492, tabled on 21 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the further electrification of railway lines; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

26 April 2021

1110 miles of track in Great Britain have been electrified for passenger traffic from 2010 up to March 2020, compared to 63 miles between 1997 and 2010. Further electrification of the network will play an important role in our plans to decarbonise the railway, alongside the deployment of battery and hydrogen trains on some lines. The Department’s forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan will set out the government’s ambition for the scale and pace of rail decarbonisation between now and 2050.

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