(CANCELLED) JOIN US 17/10/15: Rail relay to call for electrification of the Transpennine route

Northern power cut




“The electrification of two railway lines is to be restarted after the projects were halted so a review could be carried out, the government says.

Work on the TransPennine Express Railway – between Manchester and York – and Midland Mainline – from London to Sheffield – was paused in June.

Sir Peter Hendy, Network Rail chairman, said the “temporary pause” had “given us the space to develop a better plan”.

Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin said work could now resume immediately.”


We are pleased to announce the times for the Transpennine #northern powercut relay that will be taking place on Saturday 17th October (Rail relay Itinerary).

On October 17th two relays will be taking place on train lines previously ear-marked for electrification but disappointed by a recent government U-turn. Midland Mainline campaigners will travel up from London to Sheffield via stations including Market Harborough and Leicester https://www.facebook.com/events/417326108471304/ to promote their petition for electrifying the line. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/electrify-midland-mainline

We are a group of Transpennine campaigners who will be travelling from Manchester to Leeds via Huddersfield and Dewsbury before ending our route in Sheffield to join up with the Midland Mainline campaigners.

The purpose of our relay will be to raise awareness of the electrification issue and its potential benefits to the North and to support the Manchester Evening News and Huddersfield Examiner ‘Northern Power Cut’ petition calling for electrification of the Transpennine route. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthenorthernpowercut

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(Organised by Manchester Friends of the Earth) Manchester Piccadilly leafleting 11am-12pm

Relay journey: Manchester- Huddersfield 11.41-12.12

Fliering at Huddersfield from 12.15 – approx. 13.00

Relay journey: Huddersfield-Dewsbury 13.13 – 13.22

Fliering at Dewsbury from 13.25 – approx. 13.50

Relay journey: Dewsbury –Leeds 13.55-14.08

Fliering at Leeds from 14.10 – approx. 14.30

Relay journey: Leeds –to Sheffield 14.40-15.37

We will definitely be fliering at the stations at the above times. There may be some longer events – around these times – organised by local campaign groups at stations along our relay route. We will update this page every Monday and Friday up to 12th October so please keep checking for any new details.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved, either by helping us flier at these stations or by travelling with us for any part of the route.

We especially welcome volunteers at Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations or people to join us for a short leg of the route (e.g. Huddersfield to Dewsbury). Please get in touch if this interests you.

As always, feel free to turn up unannounced but if you would like to be kept informed of changes please email us (kirkleesccc@hotmail.co.uk) your mobile phone number by Thursday 15th October.

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