Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins has reacted to the news that the Department for Transport has decided not to proceed with the Hull-Selby rail electrification scheme. The news came in a letter to Lord Haskins and local MPs.
Lord Haskins said:
“Hull should never have been missed off the TransPennine electrification, which is why local partners had to step in, but it was always going to be difficult to make Hull-Selby stack up in isolation.
“We will continue to push for Hull’s inclusion in whatever electrified network may eventually be built, and keep up the pressure for the other rail improvements that are still due to go ahead over the next few years.
“I also want to work with Hull City Council, MPs and the business community to identify what else can be done in the short term to improve Hull’s connectivity. The city is delivering huge investment at the moment and for this to continue we need the transport infrastructure to catch up.”
The scheme had provisional support from the LEP’s Growth Deal and had been promoted by First Hull Trains, Hull City Council and the LEP.