A three-year study of main line electrification shows that wiring up more than half of British Rail's 17,700 route-km would produce a real rate of return exceeding 11 per cent, and doing the job quickly improves the net present value. This study breaks new ground in demonstrating the case for coherent electrified networks designed to minimize the use of diesels under the catenary--as opposed to justifying conversion on a line-by-line basis. Most of the savings come from the use of electricity in place of oil, as a wide price differential is anticipated. If the government gives approval in principle this year, BR's aim would be to convert 400 to 800 track-km a year over a 20 to 30 year period, bringing electric trains from London into Sheffield by 1989 after minor additions to existing electrified routes had been completed.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1981-4

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  • Accession Number: 00334433
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM