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Urgent investment is needed on West Midlands railway lines if the Government is to meet its own emissions targets, a campaign group has claimed.
The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) said a rolling programme of electrification was vital for the UK to meet its target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The comments follow latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), which show just 38 per of the network is able to carry electric trains.
Separate ORR figures show 142 million gallons of diesel were used by passenger and freight trains in 2019/20.
A number of railway lines across the West Midlands are served by diesel-only trains, including the Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury offshoot of the West Coast mainline, and the line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Kidderminster, via Stourbridge Junction.
The Welsh Marches line through Shropshire also relies on diesel services.
The group said electrifying such lines could cut carbon dioxide emissions, improve journey times and reduce maintenance costs.
This article first appeared on www.expressandstar.com
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