November 08, 2016

Cut backs announced to troubled GWML electrification project

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BRITAIN’s Rail Minister Mr Paul Maynard MP announced on November 8 that after scrutiny from the Hendy review, he and the Department for Transport (DfT) have decided to defer four key elements of the troubled Great Western Main Line (GWML) electrification programme.

The four elements to be deferred are:

• electrification between Didcot Parkway and Oxford

• electrification of Filton Bank (Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads)

• electrification west of Thingley Junction near Chippenham to Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, and

• electrification of the Henley and Windsor branch lines.

While the DfT continued to invest £2.8bn in the GWML electrification programme from London to Bristol Parkway and Cardiff, between £146m to £165m is expected to be saved by these deferrals in this spending period.