Parliamentarians come together to support a rolling programme of cost-effective electrification

A cross-party group of Parliamentarians met with representatives of the rail industry yesterday to discuss how the Government can implement a rolling programme of cost-effective rail electrification, following the publication of the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Electrification Cost Challenge report.

The roundtable in Parliament saw around 40 industry members meet with:

  • Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald MP (Labour | Middlesbrough);
  • Transport Select Committee Chair Lilian Greenwood MP (Labour | Nottingham South);
  • Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Baroness Randerson;
  • Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour | Southampton, Test);
  • Shadow Scotland Minister Paul Sweeney MP (Labour | Glasgow North East);
  • Ian Lucas MP (Labour | Wrexham);
  • Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat | Westmorland and Lonsdale);
  • Matt Western MP (Labour | Warwick and Leamington); and
  • Officials from the DfT, RSSB and RDG.

David Clarke, Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association, said: “RIA’s Electrification Cost Challenge shows that rail electrification schemes could be delivered for between 33%-50% of the costs of some recent projects using examples from around the UK and internationally, if the industry had a 10 year rolling programme that allowed it to build up capabilities and expertise.

To download the report click here

NSAR supports the build up of capabilities and expertise with the rail industry.  NSAR’s Skills & Training division offers a range of services to assist in developing and training the right people to support employers embarking on major projects.

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