Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara welcomes £100m electric rail scheme to benefit Eccles

Salford TrainBarbara has welcomed a £100 million project to electrify the rail line between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria which stops at Eccles on the Huyton and Newton-le-Willows line. The electrification scheme will help deliver an improved rail service for local people, as electric trains are quieter, carry more passengers and reduce journey times.

The Liverpool-Manchester electric rail scheme is part of a major £1.1 billion investment by the Government to make UK railways fit for the 21st Century. Planning and design work on the Liverpool-Manchester scheme will begin immediately, with construction planned to start in 2 years and conclude in 4 years time.

Barbara said:

“I have been campaigning to improve rail services for people in Salford and I recently met Transport Ministers to urge them to take steps to reduce overcrowding on trains passing through our local stations in Salford to Manchester.

“The Liverpool-Manchester electric rail scheme will bring real benefits for passengers from Eccles because electric trains can carry more passengers than diesel trains of the same length. Existing diesel trains will also be transferred to other TransPennine Express routes which means that many trains that currently carry three carriages will now be able to carry six carriages. Electric trains are also quieter, greener and faster – the minimum journey time between Manchester and Liverpool via Eccles will be reduced by up to 14 minutes.

“Long-term investment in electric rail is the right decision for the country and the right decision for rail passengers locally in Salford. I welcome this Government investment in our railways which will also be a boost for our local construction companies who can bid to work on the electrification project.”

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