The Buxton to Hazel Grove rail line has been identified as a priority for electrification by a government taskforce.
Twelve routes across the north of England, including the Buxton line, have been classified as tier one routes, which are being prioritised because of the economic boost electrification will bring.
The need for rail electrification is significant. It is part of the improvements in infrastructure that we need in the north.Andrew Jones MP, chair of the taskforce
The routes are identified in a report by the Electrication Task Force, with the twelve tier one routes being recommended to feed into a plan for 2019-2024.
The report was presented to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, also MP for Derbyshire Dales, yesterday (Thursday), who said: “If you have good transport links I think you see that investment come.
“You have only got to look at the regeneration that’s happened around St Pancras station in London.
“Twenty years ago, you wouldn’t have wanted to spend five minutes there. Now it is a destination in its own right.”
Andrew Jones MP, who chaired the task force, said: “We have placed economic growth at the heart of this project and been working on the premise that all the lines of the north would be electrified, it is only a question of when.
“The need for rail electrification is significant. It is part of the improvements in infrastructure that we need in the north.
“We know how much there is to do and to do it we are loking at a task of generational scale. Indeed, this report is intended to look years ahead.”
The electrification of routes means faster journey times, cheaper operating costs and an improvement in the rolling stock.
The report states that now the routes have been prioritised, business cases for each route will have to be developed to justify the significant investment needed to move forward.