New schemes have been created by the government to help make the transportation system in the UK more green friendly. Last week it was announced that railways will be made greener through a program valued at £4.2b that will see the railway systems become electrified.
The investment will create what is being called an ‘electric spine’ that will run from Yorkshire to the West Midlands and then down to the South Coast ports so that the railway becomes greener, more efficient, and also at the same time much faster for riders. In addition, the new scheme will also allow the trains to fit more passengers.
The scheme will include the upgrade and electrification of the Midland Main Line that runs between Bedford and Sheffield, the electrification of the lines that fun between Bedford, Oxford, and Nuneaton, and the lines that run between Southampton, Reading, and Basingstoke.
In addition, the Great Western Line will be electrified between Swansea to Cardiff and the Welsh Valley Lines will be electrified between the stops of Maesteg, Ebbw Vale, and the Vale of Glamorgan. All of these lines will then be able to handle more passengers and more freight once the project is complete.
The announcement is just a portion of the £9.4bn pledged to railway improvements that also include the Thameslink and the Crossrail link. Other areas of improvement that have already been announced formally include the electrification between Liverpool and Manchester, London and Cardiff, Manchester to Preston and Liverpool, and throughout the Pennines.
All of the projects have a completion date throughout this decade and are scheduled to be finished before the £32b high speed rail network is completed that was just announced this past January although the work is expected to begin sometime in 2014.