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  • Electrification

  • Overhead line electrification

    Future plans

    Electrifying key routes on the railway will mean faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys for thousands of passengers.

    The Government is committed to investing in a programme of electrification to transform the railway and provide Britain with a sustainable, world-class transport system.

    Electrification will improve services and help support economic growth across many of our cities and towns. It will bring more seats on trains and improved reliability on some of the busiest routes.

    We are working closely with the Department for Transport, train companies and other stakeholders to deliver electrification in the North West, on the Great Western Main Line and on the Midland Main Line.

  • More seats, faster journeys

    Electric trains have more seats than diesel trains of the same length, and journey times can be shortened due to the superior performance of electric traction. Journeys are smoother and more comfortable too.

    Better for the environment

    Electric trains cause 20-35% lower carbon emissions than diesels with no emissions at the point of use, improving air quality in pollution hot spots such as city centres and stations. They are also quieter, improving quality of life for people living near the railway.

    Improved reliability

    Electric trains are more reliable and require less maintenance. They're also lighter and cause less wear to the track, helping make the railway more reliable.

    Stimulating the economy

    Electrification of key lines stimulates economic growth across the region. Faster trains with improved connections and more seats improve people's access to jobs and services and open up new opportunities for business.
  • Electrification projects

  • Great Western ►

    We're electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, bringing better connections across southern England and South Wales. The Intercity Express programme will transform travel with a new fleet of faster, longer trains and more frequent intercity services.

    The north ►

    Find out about the electrification across the north of England between Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Leeds, completing the electrified route between Manchester and Scotland.

    Midland Main Line ►

    Find out about the programme to upgrade and electrify the Midland Main Line, the vital long-distance corridor that serves the UK’s industrial heartland between London St Pancras and Sheffield, and how it will improve the experience for passengers.