Don't Pull the Plug

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Labour has launched the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.

Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.

Labour is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.

As part of the campaign, Labour has launched an online petition to put pressure on the Government to live up to its promises

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commented 2015-09-25 22:49:13 +0100
The whole idea of electrification across the northern region was a con-trick from the start. The cost of modifying the Victorian tunnels, bridges and viaducts to accept the high voltage overhead lines is both prohibitive and unnecessary. The whole problem stems from the private franchise system which has resulted in a total failure to finance new Diesel powered rolling stock. Northern electrification was suggested as a way to re-use old redundant rolling stock from the south east, after that region took delivery of its new electric trains. However, it also meant that it throws the cost onto the rail track operator (and our taxes) instead of the private franchisees. We just need extra capacity – but that can be done at a fraction of the cost by making it Diesel rather than electric. Unfortunately, as the franchise periods are much shorter than the payback time for new rolling stock, for anywhere except the south east, operators in other parts of the UK are unwilling to order new trains. A nationalised rail system could solve that problem quite easily – just as happens in much of Europe.
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