Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, made a statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday 1 March on the subject of Intercity Express and rail electrification.
Intercity Express and rail electrification
The have announced plans for the extension of the electrification of the Great Western main line and the procurement of a replacement for the existing diesel inter-city trains.
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, responded on behalf of the Opposition. Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs. Also find current parliamentary material on railways in the Topics section on the Parliament website.
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