PROPOSALS to electrify the Chester to Crewe railway line are gathering pace.
Following campaign by Chester MP Stephen Mosley, the Government has announced the electrification of the Warrington-Chester and Crewe-Chester lines will be considered for Network Rail’s ongoing work to identify the next generation of electrification investment.
Mr Mosley has led a sustained campaign for the electrification of the railway and, in addition to raising the issue with ministers during his time as an MP, he has previously lobbied the Prime Minister for support.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Mosley said: “Will the Prime Minister join me in calling for the electrification of the Crewe to Chester railway line, which would provide a major and immediate boost to people in Chester and beyond in north Wales, that would also eventually link us to the much needed High Speed 2?”
Responding to Mr Mosley’s question, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said: “I am well aware of this campaign. My honorable friend’s suggestion is not in the current programme, but we will look sympathetically at it.
“We want to see more electrification of railway lines in our country.”
Following the debate, progress has been made in addition to the announcement from Network Rail, with the Government announced the setting up of a taskforce to consider the future of electrification of railways in the North.
Mr Mosley will contribute to the taskforce which will comprise experts from railways companies and National Rail. It will report to the Prime Minister and Transport Secretary within 12 months.
Responding to the latest development, Mr Mosley said: “An effective transport system is essential for Chester, both for hard working commuters and tourists who come from far and wide to visit our city.
“This Government has committed to our transport infrastructure, pushing important investments, such as the electrification of Crewe to Chester rail line, up to the top of the agenda.
“I look forward to serving on this taskforce, making the case for investment in Chester and seeing the benefits of investment for our city in the years to come.”