We need share in £800m boost

Rail electrification
Rail electrification

A business leader has called for more details on how the Government’s £800 million investment in rail electrification will help High Peak.

The Midland Main Line project will give a huge boost to the region’s economy, says George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

“The inclusion of the long-awaited electrification of the Midland Main Line (MML) in the Government’s strategic plans between 2014-2019 is extremely welcome news,” he said.

“An investment of this scale will present numerous opportunities for rail suppliers in Derbyshire and the High Peak to bid for contracts.”

But Mr Cowcher added: “However, whilst the MML announcement is a positive development, it remains to be seen as to how far this goes regarding its subsidiary lines in the High Peak, Matlock and the Erewash Valley, as the electrification of these routes would go a long way to speeding up local services at relatively low costs.

“Although electrification of these routes has been given in principal, we still await detail on the upgrades that we hope will accompany the investment in the MML that has now been confirmed.”