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Network Rail shelve electrification plan north of Bedford

Labour Councillors despair as Bedford loses out on Network Rail investment. 

Bedford Borough Labour Councillors have voiced their disappointment that electrification works to the Midland Main Line from Bedford to Sheffield have been shelved.

Sue.jpgCllr Sue Oliver, Labour Group Leader said, “This is really bad news for Bedford. The Conservative Manifesto promised to electrify the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield yet within weeks they have broken their promise.”

Queen’s Park Councillor, Mohammad Yasin, said: “We were aware of the plan to electrify the railway from Bedford to Sheffield, and that it would necessitate work to raise Ford End Road and Bromham Road bridges. Naturally, we wanted to know what the plans were and when the work would be undertaken so that we could ensure residents were prepared for the disruption. We couldn’t get a straight answer from Network Rail, this news explains why.”

Councillor Masud added: “The electrification would have meant faster journey times from Bedford to major northern cities. Rebuilding the bridges would have presented the opportunity for better cycle and pedestrian access to the railway station. It seems that yet again the focus of this Tory government is on the affluent London area.”

The Conservative Manifesto promised to electrify the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield.

“We will back business by investing a record £5.2 billion in better transport, upgrading the M1 and M6, and electrifying the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield – putting the Midlands at the centre of a modern, inter-connected transport network for the UK.” (Conservative Manifesto 2015, p. 13)

For further information or follow-up, please contact

Councillor Sue Oliver 01234 303029 s.j.oliver@ntlworld.com

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