This morning, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced the Government has allocated £2.5 million towards electrifying the 70 miles of railway line between Selby and Hull.
This is a major step forward for the First Hull Trains-led £94 million proposal, which has a goal of completion of 2017, the year when Hull will be the City of Culture.
Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, said: “After numerous meetings with the Secretary of State for Transport and months of lobbying the Government to support this important scheme, I am pleased to hear that £2.5 million has been allocated to enable rail electrification, faster journey times and improved rolling stock.
“Hull is an important transport centre for the entire East Riding of Yorkshire, and electrification will help provide a top-quality transportation link between our area and the rest of Britain and Europe.
“Thanks to the Government’s action, this project is now on track to be completed by 2017, when Hull will be the City of Culture. This Government is fully committed to creating a 21st century transport network for Britain. Over the last four years, it has been announced that 800 miles of track are to be electrified, compared to just nine miles completed under the previous government. The modernisation of our transport network will help provide a better and more connected enterprise economy, improving the lives of millions of families across the country.”