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John Presses Case for Local Railway Electrification

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John Penrose MP has intervened during a debate in Parliament to press the case for electrification of Weston’s rail service to Bristol, after Ministers announced that other projects have been delayed.

John has long campaigned for better train services between Weston and Bristol, including electrification of the line, to boost Weston’s economy and provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to the M5.

Last Month Ministers announced that – despite originally being scheduled for 2020 – the electrification of the lines has been delayed until at least 2024 due to cost overruns.

John said: “Bristol is one of the fastest-growing cities outside London, so it is bitterly disappointing that other areas are ahead of us in the queue for electrification.”

“We need to know if there’s a case for reassessing whether local train services, including the Weston to Bristol line, should be included in the electrification project. It would make journeys quicker, greener, more reliable and less crowded, so I have asked the Minister for cost-benefit ratios of the delayed projects so we can compare them to electrifying our local line. It could strengthen our argument enormously.

You can watch John's intervention by clicking here.

 

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