Thursday, 7 June 2018
Conservatives block the cascade
Lib Dem candidate Steve Beasant relays Tim Farron's observation that a root cause of the Northern rail franchise's current problems is Mrs May's government's decision to reverse the coalition's support for electrification of UK railways. Tim's specific complaint is about the effect on rail services in the far north-west of England, but what he says applies to the whole of the rail network. Electrification not only enables more reliable and greener services, but also releases relatively modern diesel trains which then can replace superannuated stock in the sort of cascade described here.