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Network Rail to resume electrification of trains

28 Oct 2015

The electrification of two railway lines is to be restarted after the project was put on hold.

Work on the TransPennine Express Railway, between Manchester and York, and Midland Mainline, from London to Sheffield, paused for reviews in June, is now back on track.

The TransPennine upgrade is expected to provide capacity for six high-speed trains per hour between Manchester, Leeds and York, reducing journey times by up to 15 minutes.

Electrifying key routes on the railway will mean faster, quieter journeys with 20-35% lower carbon emissions. By 2020, around three-quarters of all passenger kilometres will be by electric train.