A large scale scheme that could have huge environmental and economic benefits is one step closer to its goal.

MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Daniel Kawczynski has been pushing the case for electrifying the railway line between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury. The line serving Telford, Oakengates, Wellington, Shifnal, Cosford, Albrighton and Codsall, is the only part of the main route to London not electrified.

Network Rail has also backed calls for the line to be electrified and recommended the work in July last year after being asked by the Government to draw up plans to reduce fossil fuel dependance.

After a productive meeting with officials from the Department for Transport Mr Kawczynski said there had been a positive response and that senior officials were impressed with the support that the scheme had generated across the county.

If the project is successful the work would take a number of years and cause significant disruption.

“They said they were impressed by the fact that we are united, and that getting political support from both Shrewsbury and Telford is going to be very important.”

“We appreciate the long-term benefits to our county are well worth the short-term disruption.”

“Many young people at the election expressed to me their determination to focus on the environment, and this is very important in protecting the planet. “Having dirty diesel trains along the line is very antiquated.”

MP Daniel Kawczynski

The next step will include a detailed estimate of CO2 emissions that the scheme would achieve. It is hoped that the next meeting will include a delegation from both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils.

Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot