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NEWS RELEASE - 16/01/2014

GOOD NEWS!  The Harrogate Line is listed in the following Department for Transport News Release today.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/road-and-rail-projects-to-boost-local-and-regional-transport--2

The DfT announced today (13 December 2013) the following measures to improve rail services:

The railway line between Wigan (North Western Station) and Bolton (Lostock Junction) will be electrified, at an estimated cost of £37 million and targeted for completion by 2017. This will enable the conversion of the busy Wigan to Manchester Victoria services and Wigan to Manchester Airport services from older Pacer diesel trains to more modern and higher capacity electric trains.

A joint taskforce will explore where next for electrification in the North. The new taskforce will be made up of experts from Network Rail and the DfT and will involve train operators, local authorities including the Rail North consortium, the supply chain and local Members of Parliament. This group will provide the Transport Secretary with an interim report within 12 months setting out how schemes can be brought forward and their development accelerated.

As part of Network Rail’s ongoing work to identify the next generation of schemes that will be electrified as part of the government’s continued rail investment, the routes to be examined will include:

  • Leeds – Harrogate – York

  • Selby – Hull

  • Sheffield – Leeds

  • Sheffield – Doncaster

  • East Coast Main Line – Middlesbrough

  • Sheffield – Manchester

  • Warrington– Chester

  • Crewe – Chester

We will keep all our supporters informed when this Taskforce is operational as we may need further evidence of potential demand to justify a high priority for electrification of the Harrogate.

If you are interested in joining the Harrogate Line Supporters Group, please send an email to info@harrogateline.org