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Electrification May Be In Trouble Elsewhere, But The Brummies Keep Marching On

Electrification may well be in trouble with the Government delaying Trans Pennine and Midland Main Line electrification and having a strong look at that on the Great Western Main Line.

So I was interested to read this article in Rail Engineer about how a consortium is electrifying the Chase Line between Walsall and Rugeley. This is the first three paragraphs.

With electrification being high on everybody’s consciousness, the schemes to electrify the Great Western and Midland main lines have been getting all the attention. Similarly, the works in the North West and Scotland have been proceeding apace and gaining publicity but the scheme to electrify the railway from Walsall to Rugeley has managed to stay ‘under the radar’.

The scheme is, in fact, a significant step in the direction of developing the public transport system in the West Midlands by improving services on what was a relatively-forgotten part of the network. Due to be completed by December 2017, the project will allow electric trains to run between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley via the Cannock lines, providing passengers with a more reliable, efficient and greener service.

In fact, the scheme will revitalise a line which, not so many years ago, had no regular passenger services at all.

It goes on to describe how the scheme is progressing with a lot of cooperation between the various parties and not much of the usual drama.

So it would seem that not all electrification projects end up in trouble.

I shall go and take a look!

There is one fly in the ointment, though and it is detailed here in Wikipedia. This is relevant paragraph.

Gavin Williamson, Conservative MP for South Staffordshire, has campaigned to limit the speed of trains through Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay when the line is complete. He has written to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, requesting confirmation that trains travelling through these areas will not exceed a speed of 45 mph. He has also requested that “environmental mitigation measures” be put in place to reduce the potential impact of the electrification on residents in South Staffordshire. Network Rail had previously said that electric trains are quieter, greener and cleaner, reducing carbon emissions.

So, if in the future, you are fed up with your electric train crawling along, send your complaints to the local MP.

July 27, 2015 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


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