Electrification Task Force

Rail electrification task forceThe Electrification Task Force, created in December 2013 to determine how electrification of the rail network could deliver greater economic growth in the north of England, has produced its Final report (March 2015).

A total of thirty two routes were examined, and grouped into three distinct prioritisation tiers based on their ability to contribute to local economic plans, how they fit with other plans, and the number of diesel kilometres of running they would replace. The Task Force put economic growth and connectivity at the centre of their considerations, as part of the emerging “Northern Powerhouse” concept. Accordingly , three core criteria were agreed:

  • Economic benefits,
  • Impact on services, and
  • Providing better train capacity and quality.

There are 12 routes in Tier One which the Task Force recommending be progressed through outline base case work to feed into the initial industry plan/ High Level Output Statement for Network Rail’s Control Period 6, which runs for five years from 2019. The 12 routes are:

  • Bolton to Clitheroe,
  • Calder Valley (Full),
  • Chester to Stockport,
  • Hazel Grove to Buxton,
  • Leeds to York via Harrogate,
  • Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central,
  • Northallerton to Middlesborough,
  • Selby to Hull,
  • Sheffield to Doncaster/Wakefield Westgate (Dearne Valley),
  • Sheffield (Meadowhall) to Leeds via Barnsley/Castleford & connections,
  • Southport/Kirkby to Salford Crescent,
  • Warrington to Chester.

The recommendations provide a rolling plan for further electrification after the initial activity during 2014 and 2019 which includes Trans-Pennine electrification.

Working as an independent body, the Task Force membership was drawn from across the political spectrum and geography of the north. Andrew Jones MP chaired the Task Force and other members were Julie Hilling MP and Ian Swales MP, both nominated by members of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail in the North Group. Rail North was represented by Cllr Dave Green (Leader, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) and Cllr Terry O’Neill (Leader, Warrington Borough Council).

A total of thirty two routes were examined, and grouped into three distinct prioritisation tiers based on their ability to contribute to local economic plans, how they fit with other plans, and the number of diesel kilometres of running they would replace. The Task Force put economic growth and connectivity at the centre of their considerations, as part of the emerging “Northern Powerhouse” concept. Accordingly , three core criteria were agreed:

  • Economic benefits,
  • Impact on services, and
  • Providing better train capacity and quality.

There are 12 routes in Tier One which the Task Force recommending be progressed through outline base case work to feed into the initial industry plan/ High Level Output Statement for Network Rail’s Control Period 6, which runs for five years from 2019. The 12 routes are:

  • Bolton to Clitheroe,
  • Calder Valley (Full),
  • Chester to Stockport,
  • Hazel Grove to Buxton,
  • Leeds to York via Harrogate,
  • Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central,
  • Northallerton to Middlesborough,
  • Selby to Hull,
  • Sheffield to Doncaster/Wakefield Westgate (Dearne Valley),
  • Sheffield (Meadowhall) to Leeds via Barnsley/Castleford & connections,
  • Southport/Kirkby to Salford Crescent,
  • Warrington to Chester.

The recommendations provide a rolling plan for further electrification after the initial activity during 2014 and 2019 which includes Trans-Pennine electrification.

Working as an independent body, the Task Force membership was drawn from across the political spectrum and geography of the north. Andrew Jones MP chaired the Task Force and other members were Julie Hilling MP and Ian Swales MP, both nominated by members of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail in the North Group. Rail North was represented by Cllr Dave Green (Leader, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) and Cllr Terry O’Neill (Leader, Warrington Borough Council).

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