Lilian Greenwood – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lilian Greenwood on 2015-12-17.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of track Network Rail expects to electrify in Control Period 5.

Claire Perry

The Government has learned the lessons from Labour’s failure to invest in electrifying our railways. We remain committed to our modernisation programme of over 850 miles of electrification and have already electrified more than five times the route length that Labour oversaw between 1997 to 2010.

Sir Peter Hendy’s review of the rail upgrade programme details that the vast majority of programmes and projects will go ahead for delivery by 2019 (the end of Control Period 5).

However, some schemes are more immature in their development and, whilst schemes in this category will have significant delivery within Control Period 5, these schemes will span more than one control period.