Midland Main Line Electrification Update

During recent Transport questions in the House I asked the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP, for an update on the desperately needed electrification of the branch line that runs through the train stations at Langley Mill and Alfreton.

The Minister confirmed that the Government is investing significant sums in the Midland Main Line route over the next few years to 2019 to improve capacity and reduce journey times. New trains are also being introduced on the Leeds-Nottingham Northern service, which will cut journey times by 20% on the route.

I’m pleased that electrification of the line to encompass Langley Mill and Alfreton is being considered as part of the upcoming East Midlands franchise competition, which will focus on improving frequency and connectivity in our region, and I will continue to push for the line to be electrified as soon as possible during the upcoming consultation.