The need to speed up rail electrification | Letters
Letters from David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association, and Professor Richard Morris
Your report on the scope of the TransPennine route upgrade draws attention to the wider context of rail electrification schemes in the UK (Transport secretary considering ‘seriously flawed’ rail upgrade, 8 December).
In the past, rail electrification has not always been delivered as cost-effectively as it can be, notably on flagship schemes like the Great Western electrification programme. Therefore, the Railway Industry Association (RIA), which represents more than 240 rail suppliers throughout the UK, is leading an Electrification Cost Challenge, to show how electrification costs can be reduced. The evidence gathered so far already suggests electrification schemes can be consistently delivered at 2009 levels.
Source: Guardian Transport
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