A petition worth signing

March 19, 2007

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Instruct the Department for Transport to, within six months, update the 1981 joint Department of Transport/British Rail ‘Review of main line electrification’ to take into account current installation and energy costs and rail traffic levels; and, if the positive conclusions of the original report still stand, revive the proposals for a rolling programme of main line electrification in Britain.

Well, it’s like this. Compared to the two other European countries I’ve been to recently there’s a relative lack of electric railways in Britain. If the Norwegians consider it worth electrifying to Bergen, and the Bulgarians to Burgas, why can’t we electrify to the likes of Cardiff, Dumfries, Penzance or Aberdeen? I can think of no very good reason.

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