Monday, 11 December 2017

Electric trains on the way by 2017

ELECTRIC trains should be introduced to the Henley branch line by 2017.

ELECTRIC trains should be introduced to the Henley branch line by 2017.

Network Rail says the Henley to Twyford track will be electrified during improvements to the Thames Valley network.

Richard Turner, community relations advisor, told a meeting of Henley Town Council on Tuesday that the track at Bolney Court and Mill Lane bridges would need to be replaced to make way for the overhead power lines together with the bridge parapets.

Mr Turner said the electric would be “fit for a railway in the 21st century” as they would be less harmful to the environment and cheaper to run. They would also have up to 30 per cent more capacity.

Councillor Will Hamilton suggested the work on the Henley line should be brought forward to coincide with the opening of Crossrail.

“It is important to get the two to join up otherwise we will have people getting off the train and into their cars,” he said.

Councillor David Nimmo Smith said he would like the service to be more frequent.

Network Rail officials are to return to Henley in the spring to discuss more definite plans.

The feasibility of electrifying the line has been considered and the company will now determine the cost and scope.

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