Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wrong Track

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wrong Track

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

The wrong track track is being taken by the Tees Valley in the plan for a Metro system in the area, claims a local train drivers' union official.

But Tees Valley Regeneration, which is spearheading the Metro plans, says these claims are fundamentally wrong.

Major investment in an electrified heavy rail system is the way forward, says John Clark, secretary of the Darlington Branch of Aslef.

He has voiced major concerns about the pounds 140m Metro plans which would have its core route on the rail link between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn with possible extensions to Hartlepool and Nunthorpe.

He believes the route could be electrified to the national 25kv standard to provide a fast, modern and efficient heavy passenger and freight rail service.

He said he had four areas of concern with the Metro plans:

* An electric power system compatible with the 25kv system operating on UK mainlines was needed. Electric was "the power for freight" in the future. …

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