In a statement responding to the announcement on the Trans-Pennine rail electrification, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins MP said:
“I welcome the announcement that work to electrify the Trans-Pennine route will now restart after a period of dithering, delay and uncertainty.
“It’s really disappointing that the project will be delivered years late, holding back the economic success and competitiveness of places like Bradford and cities across the North. The Government’s incompetence led to a damaging hiatus.
“I’m pleased that the Government has listened to outcry from northern communities and bowed to the immense pressure placed on it by MPs, Councillors and the public. I’m sure we’ll all be keeping a close eye of developments to make sure that this project remains on track. Passengers will not tolerate any further delays to this vital project.
“But we must now redouble our efforts to get the Calder Valley line between Bradford and Manchester electrified too. There remains no end in sight for Calder Valley line passengers who will have to continue to put up with the dilapidated and cramped conditions offered by the older, slower diesel trains”.