Responding to revelations in minutes from Network Rail about when plans to shelve the electrification of the TransPennine rail route were agreed, Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox said:
“I asked ministers directly in Parliament when they knew of the plans to shelve the TransPennine electrification and they refused to answer. Instead we got bluster and evasion and misdirection.
“Did they know before the election and keep the news secret until afterwards? It now looks like the smoking gun has been unearthed.
“The content of Network Rail minutes, obtained through an FoI request, shows ministers must have known that the electrification was going to be ‘paused’.
“When the transport secretary said before the election that the Conservatives would electrify 800 miles of track he must have known about the Network Rail decision.
“He should come to the House of Commons immediately to explain this situation fully and openly.”