Commenting on the announcement by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin of a ‘pause’ on the electrification of the TransPennine route between Manchester and Leeds, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said:
“I am extremely disappointed by the Government’s announcement today, and I know that this disappointment and anger will also be felt by many of my constituents who continue to suffer overcrowded trains every day. I have grave concerns that by announcing a ‘pause’ the work may not even be completed, which would be outrageous.
This is yet another example in a series of announcements in recent years that have hit rail infrastructure in the North; we had the West Coast franchise fiasco which had knock on effects on franchising in the North, we have continually suffered with poor rolling stock whilst our best trains are sent to Oxfordshire, and now the news today of a ‘pause’ on electrification.
This puts the Government completely at odds with its Northern Powerhouse agenda, and it is time the Government started taking some of the responsibility instead of passing the whole blame onto Network Rail.”