Last year I wrote about the case for electrification of the Leeds (well Micklefield Junction) to Hull rail line, and how it could impact on the Transpennine Express service between Hull, Leeds and Manchester. Today we find out full electrification isn't going to happen. Selby will get electrification, but that is it - no wires to Hull:
"The Secretary of State seeks electrification of the route between Micklefield and Selby with appropriate links to the East Coast Main Line."
Good news for Selby, and it does provide a second electrified route into Leeds from the East Coast Main Line.
Thankfully Hull and Brough aren't getting totally shafted in the resulting changes to service patterns (unlike Middlesborough). Links to Manchester Piccadilly remain, but will be on a semi-fast rather than fast basis between Leeds and Manchester. This probably won't impact too much on journey times, but it is a downgrade. Hull will leave the core Transpennine network - and won't be getting a link to Manchester Airport any time soon. The Humber LEP describe the situation well on twitter:
"Looks like no electrification to Hull before 2019. Disappointing, bad news for connectivity"
If one positive can be taken, it is that the future case to be made for electrification to Hull will cover a smaller section of route, and therefore potentially be cheaper, and less disruptive. But it won't be hapenning any time soon. Disappointing indeed.