Electrification gets the go ahead

According to the BBC – and who are we to doubt them? – the Government is going to announce the electrification of the Great Western line later today. Those who hang on to my every word in Parliament and on this blog – and if not, why not? – will know I’ve been calling for this for some time. Last time I asked Geoff Hoon about this in the Chamber, I thought he’d been distinctly encouraging, but it’s good to have confirmation. The only downside is that it will take eight years in total, but still at least it’s been given the green light. Or should that be the green signal?
Today’s announcement will tie in nicely with the Cabinet taking the FGW service to Cardiff for one of its regular away-days today. I just hope it gets them there on time! I have to say, I think the service has been better this year, although there was certainly plenty of room for improvement.
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