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Leeds-Manchester electrification (not)"hint". - Posted: July 23, 2017 - 1:32 PM Quote and reply
The project to electrify the entire train line between Manchester and Leeds could be cancelled because it is too hard, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said (21st July).

Chris Grayling said it was too difficult to run electric pylons along the whole line between the two cities, and that bi-modal trains could instead operate with diesel engines on part of the network.
If there are bits of the TransPennine network that are complicated to do and we have a bi-mode train, we can say: ‘Here is a section we can have a diesel.’ We will be electrifying TransPennine but we can do it in a smarter way.”

Mr Grayling also said a programme to upgrade the through platforms at Manchester Piccadilly station – which are currently overloaded and cause delays – would be reviewed.
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