“The case for end-to-end electrification of the Transpennine route upgrade is now overwhelming, and business and political leaders in the north need to start arguing for it,” he told the influential infrastructure publication.
Trying to save some of the overhead costs by favouring bi-mode trains, Adrian comments, would be “a short-sighted decision” and would result in the benefits of the upgrade being downgraded or lost.
“Rail services in the north are becoming increasingly important,” Adrian continues. Far fewer people in northern England currently use trains than in the south, but the current rail system just does not offer a viable alternative. He concludes by urging politicians, businesses and members of the public to “press the case for an undiluted Transpennine route upgrade.”
Adrian’s commentary is supported by a creative infographic produced by RSK communication services.
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