15:25 Tuesday 08 January 2013

Rail investment could mean faster service for Burton

Written byHELEN KREFT

BURTON’S MP has welcomed a £550 million pound investment in rail infrastructure.

Known to be the ‘biggest investment in infrastructure since the Victorian era’ Network Rail’s plans could mean faster travelling time for Burton train passengers.

MP Andrew Griffiths said the news will dramatically reduce train times.

The authority’s spending plans from 2014 to 2019 has now been submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation, setting out its proposals. Derby will be heavily affected by the plans which include electrifying a part of the Midland Mainline which runs to Yorkshire via Leicester and Derby. At the moment this is electrified from London to Bedford but it will now stretch as far north as Sheffield, including Derby.

Mr Griffiths said: “It will dramatically reduce train time and mean improved capacity for those travelling from Sheffield to London

“Rail passengers will still have to use the Burton to Derby connection but the news means much faster services and lots more seats for those travelling to London and to Sheffield, meaning an improvement to the quality of service that they get.”

Electrification plans will cut the cost of running the railway by up to £60m a year.

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