Back on track – ‘Common sense’ over train line decision
THE decision to resume work to speed up the train line through the area represents the “prevailing of common sense”, according to a business leader.
The Government ‘paused’ the electrification of the Midland Mainline in June, but has now announced the work would continue.
Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce president David Cross welcomed the decision. He said: “Finally, common sense has prevailed. This is good news for Wellingborough, good news for our people and good news for the local business community.
“Located in the midlands, we are already well connected, but having a faster train service will further enhance our credentials as we seek to attract new and more business and businesses to the area.”
The works would see faster rail journeys from Bedford to Sheffield, which cover Wellingborough and Kettering stations.
The line north of Bedford to Kettering and the line to Corby will be completed by 2019, with further lines completed by 2023.
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “We are making sure every part of Britain benefits from a growing economy. Connecting up the great cities of the north is at the heart of our plan to build a northern powerhouse.
“This Government will see the job through and build a better, faster and more reliable railway for passengers in the north and Midlands.”
Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, said: “The temporary pause in the programme has given us the space to develop a better plan for passengers.
“People can expect more services and faster journeys.
“We face some difficult challenges and there is more work still to do, but the Secretary of State’s decision means we can now move forward with our plans to electrify TransPennine and Midland Mainline.”
Pictured above – BENEFICIAL IMPROVEMENTS: Chamber president David Cross has welcomed the news.