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19 Feb 20201 minute read

ECA calls for rail electrification programme

ECAtoday
ECA calls for rail electrification programme

A number of industry bodies, including ECA, have today published a joint letter urging the Government to kick start a rolling programme of rail electrification in order to decarbonise the rail network by 2040.

The letter, coordinated by the Rail Industry Association, was supported by other bodies representing thousands of businesses and organisations from across transport, business and construction.

The signatories urged the Government to end the ‘stop-start’ nature of past electrification schemes and to introduce a ring-fenced “rolling programme” fund that allows the rail industry to extend electrified track over several years.

Luke Osborne, ECA energy advisor, said, “The UK’s railway system, particularly in the North, is in desperate need of investment and decarbonisation to bring it into the 21st Century. Electrification of the railways is fundamental to getting zero carbon done.”

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