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The Humber LEP welcomes the backing of the Hull to Selby rail electrification bid by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in the House of Commons today (Thursday 20 March).

Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber LEP, said:

“This is excellent news. We have been working with First Hull Trains, Hull City Council and MPs on a way forward for this project and we are delighted that the Secretary of State has found the money to develop the scheme to the point where it can hopefully be approved later this year.

“It’s a huge priority for the region to improve rail infrastructure to help realise the potential of the Energy Estuary and attract inward investment, as well as being prepared for visitors for City of Culture 2017.

“The electrification of the Hull to Selby line will not only improve journey times to London but also improve our connectivity with other northern cities on the cross Pennine route, which is essential for the region to flourish.”