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Lake District rail electrification plans unveiled

12 Aug 13 Plans have been unveiled to to allow electric trains to run on 10 miles of route between Oxenholme and Windermere stations in the Lake District.

Once the proposed £16m scheme is agreed faster, greener more reliable electric trains could link Kendal, Burneside and Staveley directly to Manchester by 2016.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This is a key line to one of the most important tourist areas in the UK and I believe the rail industry has a role in making sure more people can travel comfortably to enjoy the beautiful lakes.

“I recognise that strong rail links across the country are important drivers in our economic recovery at a national and regional level that is why we are pushing ahead with the biggest programmes of rail electrification ever.

Subject to the business case confirming the project provides good value for money, Network Rail will be asked to undertake the work in conjunction with other North West rail electrification projects.

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