HS2 Plan: Figures reveal Tories to miss clean rail target by 235 years

Only 179 kilometres of railway track were electrified last year, meaning it could take another 235 years to meet the Government’s own net-zero rail target, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

It comes as the Government published its strategy today confirming cuts to the HS2 high speed rail line in Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Today’s plan has announced the electrification of “around 180 route miles” (289km), which is just 2.2% of the Government’s target of electrifying 13,000km of railway track by 2050.

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson, Sarah Olney MP, said: “These figures are a huge embarrassment for the Government as they lift the lid on their shiny new rail plan. But it’s hardly a shock – the Conservatives haven’t hit their electrification targets in years.

Sarah Olney MP

“You only have to look as far as the new Oxford-Cambridge line – planned to be net-zero, but downgraded pretty quickly to dirty diesel.

“This is a record that speaks for itself: broken promises from an out of touch Conservative Government that is taking people for granted.”

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